England, United Kingdom
Firmament Cracked - #8 Rear Window
Digital Art - Digital Painting
This is one of a series of 16 paintings titled FIRMAMENT CRACKED - Inside Trauma. It is titled 'Rear Window' because it represents the feeling of looking back on trauma that is in the past. You will notice that there are still vicious cracks between the window and the scene beyond. (Maybe they are part of the window itself, e.g. our broken state of mind which is in need of healing; but maybe they are just cracks in the illusion that kept us from seeing the danger that is present every waking moment for everyone in the world.) The 'beautiful illusion' cannot be seen without those cracks in front of it now, but around the window are some brilliant pieces, separated by darkness. This represents the knowledge that in a our broken experience and world we may find brilliant moments, however small. With each small beauty or kindness, we are enriched and a part of us heals. It takes a long time before a traumatized person can face the view from the rear window without crumbling or feeling overcome with grief and pain. There is no time limit on distress and the ways it affects people, no one fail proof road to recovery, or way to process one's grief. A wise and compassionate person will perhaps be quiet and listen, hold a hand, or offer some practical help without strings attached, judgement, or expectations that the traumatized person should see and feel as they do. A wise person will seek information and education about trauma and personal stories of people who have survived it. When they do, they are giving something beautiful from which a path toward recovery can be found in time. Trauma is personal and its direction and healing from it are as individual as each of us. I hope that this series of paintings will help others to see a little of what people experience when they are in the midst of trauma and its aftermath.
November 19th, 2012
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