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
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
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
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,