Vulnerability – By Charlotte Farhan
This piece of art represents the cognitive vulnerability of abandonment in early childhood.
The figure is genderless and ageless, almost fetus like, with an adult sized body; however retaining a childlike energy conveyed by the rough scribbles and marks made around the figure.
The colours remain playful, yet remind me of a false sense of safety and the forced love which was present in my visual world as a child.
The coarse oranges, cold blues and gender repressing pinks all mixed in with the greyness of the 1980s.
Reminding me of my plastic toys which were my main source of comfort as well as the adult world I was fully submerged in where I was a plaything, a doll or an inconvenience.
The cold as stone faces became distorted shapes and the words which hurt my childlike naivety (which should not have been heard) felt like tiny knives piercing my thin emotional skin.
This piece of art was created on emotional impulse.
A way to express myself through this period of time where I am exploring my childhood in hope of aiding my recovery and management of my mental illnesses.
A way to raise awareness, to allow for a visual representation to be seen by others.
I know I am not alone in this experience.
I would like to invite you as a reader of this to share any kind of creativity you choose to express yourself through. Contact me or visit my nonprofit Art Saves Lives International and send us a submission and we will share your expressions with others, with the hope of us all using creative outlets to communicate difficult and important subjects.
ART CREATES CHANGE!
ART CAN HEAL!
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