April 16, 2016
No Gray Areas, 2016, 9" x 11" acrylic on hand made black paper.
Nerves Unfurling, Reconnecting
Recent surgery left me tired and hardly able to paint for long periods of time. Working at home on a table, the following works were created. As the weeks went by, my hours at the table grew. This series kept my spirits up and the tv off. I call it the Recovery Series, or on my website: Nerves Unfurling, Reconnecting.
Nerves being cut greatly assists with recovery, it keeps the pain manageable. but then they start growing back, reconnecting, and at times, misfiring. The sensations are jarring, it makes you really ponder the body's healing process. The twitching lessens, the feeling of normalcy returns, and you are happy to be of healthy body and mind once more. These paintings reflect the moods I encountered while waiting for the sense of normalcy to return. Patience is what I was told I needed, I think what I really wanted to hear is that I would return to a normal state, that my recovery would not forever scar me and leave me misshapen. I wanted re-assurance. Art making allowed me to leave my body and just be in my mind, to forget for some period of time what I was going through. Of course in the end the body pulls us back in. The fight of mind over body can only be sustained for but so long.... For sale on Etsy,
Posted by Callie Hirsch