@susitse.art showcases within her illustrations mental health, struggles and personal challenges through the figurative representation of a wolf.
She states in the context of this piece: I want to learn to be merciful for myself. I know in practice that I should be merciful and kind to myself, but I just don’t know how. It’s like some inner part of me keeps haunting and biting me to be better and do more. That’s why what I want is to learn to ignore that biting, because it’s exhausting.”
“Artists paint pieces depending on their mood, so they can be not only bright and positive, but also sad or even creepy. It is possible that during the moments of working on a painting, the artist can charge the canvas with positive or negative energy, as a result of which the viewer can experience a variety of feelings when looking at such canvases. Breakdowns and cracks are integral to the history of the object, and therefore do not deserve oblivion or disguise, this is the philosophical basis of the art of kintsugi.”
We love this piece by @blagodatskix and her statement. Artists cannot be expected to create only entertaining, jolly and appealing pieces but should also be accepted in the wholeness as a human being with highs and lows… and the rights to express this!
@autumnskyeart captions this heartwarming painting: “Identify what intimidates you and lean in. Look it in the eye, show your vulnerability, bear your heart. Every step you take towards your highest potential will be matched by resistance, so expect the fear to come up. Keep leaning in, keep walking forward. We become used to living small and limiting our dreams and desires. ‘It is too painful to heal.’ ‘It is too much work to shine.’ ‘I don’t want to make others uncomfortable.’ We make excuses why we cannot grow or change. We allow fear, judgement, procrastination, comparison, and perfectionism to feed the inertia and stasis, keeping us stuck in old patterns and outgrown experiences.
So find the resistance, name the monster, make friends with your fear. You will discover there is goodness and magic there. It may be disguised as shadow, but when brought into the light, it will gift you your strength. You were born for greatness.”
Step right up & sink your teeth into @archenemyarts’ tasty-juicy color rainbow!❤️🧡💛💚💙💜💗
After the last *who remembers how many months of blahhh*, don’t you just want to disappear into an uplifting array of delicious visual treats? (Cool! "SPECTRUM" focuses on 🌈♥️bright-n-cheerful a r t!♥️🌈!
“SPECTRUM” Group Show: NOW through October 16, 2021:
“My current series is an exploration of the challenges people can experience with mental health and how the world continues to operate around individuals despite their struggle. Like many, I have experienced my own relationship with depression and anxiety throughout my lifetime. Yet, we often fail to recognize it culturally. The figures I paint have their heads wreathed in fire and are placed in scenes where their obvious condition goes unnoticed. I began this series depicting my own personal battles with severe depression, though it resonates with others’ experiences as well.”
@rodneythompsonart with a statement about his new series that captures the context of mental health with striking symbolism.
"The Queen's Indisputable Law"
[Your Freedom ends
Where my Word begins] (mixed media, 30x40cm)
Interestingly, this piece by @illusorya was inspired by Alice in Wonderland!
"The Queen of Hearts is always my favourite fairytale villain. She's literally nonsense and a psychopath, she personifies pure human wickedness without limits of thought and morality. It's hard not to get somehow drawn to that attitude of hers because she represents, in the most elegant and regal form, the taboo side of humanity.
Anyone would be afraid of a beast. But the Queen of Hearts draws attention to her illusory aesthetic... Obviously, I couldn't help but be attracted to her, even in artistic form."