In my last post I wrote that I would show you the art piece that led me to make my DIY image tracer. Weighted wings is part of an ongoing series I am working on about anxiety and may be part of my show Catching smoke, coming in late summer to Harcourt House’s Art Incubator Gallery. In working on my series All exits look the same, which is about developing and living with chronic illness, I found art to be a therapy of sorts. Helping me process what was going on in my life and come to a place of acceptance.
Just prior to becoming ill seven years ago, I was working on some abstract drawings about anxiety, having always lived with it to varying degrees. Life happened and the idea was put aside. Two years ago I decided to refocus my artist’s lens on the topic. I also wanted to begin to incorporate text into some of my work, as words for me are a powerful impetus in creating, and important in telling the story of a piece.
Weighted wings is a piece about how the words, the noise in your head can hold you down, keep you from living the life you want to lead. As I was figuring out the words, I wrote a lot over several months trying to get a better sense of what triggers my anxiety. What I found was in doing this and in reading books about being present (thank you to Pema Chödrön) I began to develop strategies to quiet my mind. Imagine writing down all your worries and anxieties and then just walking away from them. They are immobilized on paper and you are free to leave them there. It’s not quite as simple as that, but it’s definitely a start.