acceptance

IVF III

 

Those of you who follow my other blog (NorthernRose’s Ramblings) will know that I recently experienced a third IVF failure. I have felt the presence of unexpressed pain about the experience and outcome. This morning I have felt ready to do something artistic in order to have healthy contact with the pain and allow some of it to come out. I have basically drawn the experience. At present, everything connected to the IVF attempt feels uncomfortable but hopefully in time, a separate and happier relationship with meditation, particular foods, swimming, the music I was listening to and the crafts I was doing, will be restored.

 

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Accepting Me

This piece is about touching and being with difficult feelings around the shape of my body, in order to help my relationship with and my acceptance of, my physical self as I am. In order to create this image I first took a photograph of myself wearing a clingy dress. I then traced the outline of my silhouette and transferred it to the canvas before painting it in. I didn’t use any further detail in this image because it was about being with the shape of my body and nothing else. The background is a warm yellow as a contrast and because I like strong warm colours. I was faced with anxiety in looking at the picture, drawing round the silhouette and with painting in the silhouette. Looking at and touching the finished picture generates anxiety. The thought of sharing this picture is what invokes the most anxiety.

I created this picture earlier this year but have only now felt ready to share it. I think creating an image depicting an anxiety provoking situation is a good way to work with difficult feelings, but it is important to have support available when doing this sort of work.

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Stand Firm In Treacle

 

When experiencing difficult thoughts or feelings we have a choice. We can run away, we can resort to harmful behaviours, or we can sit with and be accepting of the thoughts or feelings. I am feeling very anxious about an appointment I have later today and I have created this image to reinforce the message that I can be with the difficult feelings and be okay, i.e. I can stand firm in treacle. I have given myself a heart pendant to give myself some support and love.

 

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Sequin Crocus

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This picture is based on a photograph taken in the park close to where I used to work. I used to go walking there every lunchtime and so very much associate the park with my former job. I find reminders of my old job difficult.  The intention of this piece was to deliberately spend some time in contact with the difficult feelings, in a manageable way, in order to help me to accept the redundancy and move forward. 

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Imagination Versus Reality

 

Issues around body shape affect many people. Either of the figures illustrated can be imagination or reality. Some imagine themselves to be different to how they actually are. Some wish to be different to how they actually are. Acceptance of myself and of life in general is something I am working on through my art work.

 

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