‘Much that once was, is lost’ (Beyond the Surface)

Acrylic on MDF board, 100cm x 100cm

I have used abstraction and colour to explain to others how I perceive living daily with the pain and side effects of fibromyalgia and arthritis. Painted in layers, the under layer conceals me and the person I am, this has been covered with layers representing the illness – cloaking me with pain, exhaustion and brain fog. At the centre is my inner self, struggling to come through.

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4 comments
  1. carole said:

    I get a sense of being really sucked into this painting, into the centre. Yet the centre is obscured, so suddenly I can’t see where I’m going, which makes my eye bounce back to the edges again. It’s a feeling of being constantly frustrated in my attempts to see where I’m going.

    On another level, this makes me think of the centre of a poppy, like a Georgia O’Keefe painting.

  2. carole said:

    Oh, and I can’t help hearing the title in Cate Blanchett’s voice! I love the Lord of the Rings films (is that where you got it from?)

  3. Julie said:

    Must admit to being a ‘Lord of the Rings’ fan!!

    I like your use of the word ‘frustrated’ as thats how I often feel being unable to do just what I want when I want because of fibro.

  4. Nick said:

    A dark image that befits a dark title.

    I have to agree with Carole’s comment about being ‘sucked into this painting’. You’re really working well with layers, giving the piece a three dimensional feel; almost as if I’m being shifted around as I’m falling into it.

    I feel the white ‘fog’ reflects your want to ignore the destination and focus of the pain – as if you’re trying to deal with it by pretending it’s not there. The way it ‘dribbles’ away (for want of a better phrase!), communicates how your tolerance for this pretense is deminishing over time…(?!)

    In summary I like it. This piece demonstrates how you’re very capable of visually expressing deep, embedded emotions.

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