Saturday, January 7, 2017

Drawing Pain

I've spent too many days laid up lately with that persistent old wound so have not been able to pay much attention to the blog or produce anything new. So, here are two quick cartoons depicting some of my discomforts as I faced life as a paraplegic early in the healing process. The one on the left has been posted here in the past (Nov 2012) but I'm reusing it in this weeks post  to maintain my presence. The piece below is new here but explores many of the same issues.

The subject is pain, both physical and psychic and the losses that dogged my days and nights in the first few years of my injury and now occasionally rise in the dark to remind me of another life.

As noted here in the past, I often resort to this quick "Cartoon" mode when depicting my emotional states or working to capture an instant in time. Since visual art is language as valid as music or dance it's appropriate that images speak for themselves rather than our searching for slippery lines of explanation.

"No one is without difficulties ... and every person knows best where their own shoe pinches."   Abigail Adams

"Whatever is contained must be released."   Helene Aylon

"The challenged life may be the best therapist."  Gail Sheehy