Christiane Corbat was born in Geneva, Switzerland. She has lived in Europe, Peru, New Zealand and the United States. She was educated in the US, graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in 1967 where she studied with Joseph Campbell. Her interest in world mythology, art and healthcare issues has been combined in a unique form, using sculpture as a way to transform personal perspective.

Her work has been exhibited internationally in museums and medical venues and is featured in numerous books and publications on art and healing. Christiane lectures, writes and gives workshops in the US, Europe and New Zealand. She is co-founder of Waking Dreams & Warrior Women, a non-profit organization of healthcare professionals, artists and community leaders, that explores the relationship between the arts and healing. She is a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing.

April 29th. 1945 - August 1st. 2006

Christiane Corbat Westlake, 61, a recognized visual artist and teacher of art as a healing tool, died Tuesday at home after a long illness. She was the wife of Dr. Robert Westlake. They had been married for 37 years.

Christiane's work has been exhibited nationally in galleries, museums, and medical venues and is featured in numerous books and publications on art and healing. In addition, she has lectured and run workshops in museums, hospitals, and universities in the United States, Europe, and New Zealand.

Among her best-known art projects are The Globalheart Project, a multi-media installation and performance piece that suggests that by making peace within our own lives, we can create Peace on Earth, and the Tree of Life, which used castings of more than a thousand individual hands of people from around the world to represent the one-ness of humanity.

Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Christiane was the daughter of Marcel and Arlette Corbat, of Stamford, CT. She has lived in Switzerland, Peru, New Zealand, and the United States, and has lived in Barrington, RI for the past 33 years.

Christiane received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied mythology with Joseph Campbell and developed her initial interest in the connection between art and healing. She was a recent graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing.

Through many years of reading, study, and travel, Christiane developed her own unique form of healing art, using body casting sculpture as a way to transform perspectives of illness, personal crisis, and fear. Listening to personal stories, she was inspired to transform body castings into universal, mythical healing images.

Among the many awards she received have been a project grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, for "Earth, Air, Fire, Water: Portrait of the People of Rhode Island," the Community Leadership Award from the Brown University Swearer Center for Public Service, and the Henry Laughlin Distinguished Citizen Award of the American College of Psychoanalysts for artistic excellence in the service of understanding psychoanalytic healing.

Christiane's work has been exhibited at the DeCordova Museum, in Lincoln, MA; the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, in New London, CT; the Butler Institute of American Art, in Youngstown, OH; the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder CO; and the Virginia Lynch Gallery, in Tiverton. Her work is also part of the collections held by Amgen Pharmaceuticals; Commonweal Cancer Research Center, in Bolinas, CA; and Citizens Bank, of Providence. Her work may be viewed at her web site:

In addition to her husband and her parents, she is survived by her daughters, Melissa Westlake and Amanda Westlake, both of Boston, and by her sister, Monique Brooks, of Greenwich, CT.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, August 6th, at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, 1 Benevolent St.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, PO Box 91840, Santa Barbara, CA 93190.