Is Pain Part of Creativity?

Despair, 16 x 16 cm, pigment pen and colour pencils on paper

Is pain part of creativity? It seems to be for me. Often, I begin creating a piece of art because I’m in psychological pain and it can transform that pain into healing. The drawing above began on the anniversary of my father’s suicide. Despair was what I was feeling and, somehow, I was able to tap into that feeling and watch it take shape on paper. By externalising it and writing in my journal about it, I could understand it more. I wrote a blog post about the beginning of this process.

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Perceiving (2017)

Perceiving (2017)
Colour pencils on paper
A5

Perceiving began with a circle in the middle of the page, which I used a compass to draw. I decided I wanted the picture to consist of circles, some of them incomplete, and I followed my intuitive urges from that point.

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The White Frame Series (2016)

The White Frame Series (2016)
Colour pencils on paper
55 x 50 cm

After graduating with a 2:1 in Moving Image, the desire to make art, for art’s sake, had gone.

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