I stumbled across the Pain Exhibit website one day while doing a search for organizations that help those with chronic pain.
The Pain Exhibit “is an online educational, visual arts exhibit from artists with chronic pain with their art expressing some facet of the pain experience. The mission is to educate healthcare providers and the public about chronic pain through art, and to give voice to the many who suffer in silence.” (from their website). You can find out more about their organization, how to participate or even how to support their initiatives by clicking here.
I’m thrilled to announce the the Pain Exhibit has accepted two of my art pieces for their online galleries. I feel so excited to be part of this organization in some small way.
The two pieces they accepted:
This piece speaks to what feels like my daily meals. I take many medications each and every day to manage my pain and my mental health. This “meal” includes the four “food” groups – medications for: pain, inflammation, anxiety and depression
I have strong feelings of hate towards my body. Especially my back. It brings so much pain. But in this moment I tried to think of it as beautiful and this is the image I created. (I’ve zentangled other “parts” as well you can check them out here.)
I hope you’ll take the time to check out their website and online galleries. Lot’s of incredibly inspirational art there.
I use art as an outlet for my pain and emotions. Have you ever tried a creative form to express yourself? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.