Featured Pain Art: “Attack of Overwhelm”

Featured Pain Art: “Attack of Overwhelm”

"Attack of Overwhelm" Colored Pencil 8 inches long x 10 inches wide

“Attack of Overwhelm”
Colored Pencil
8 inches long x 10 inches wide

The infectious bug of overwhelm whirling, stabbing, piercing every part of my body, pushing pain into as much of my body as it possibly can, growing, spreading, a torpedo of nerve pain.

This art is a courtesy of PainExhibit.org, an online educational, visual arts exhibit from artists with chronic pain who use art to express some facet of the pain experience.

The Pain Exhibit’s mission is to educate healthcare providers and the public about chronic pain through art, and to give voice to the many who suffer in silence.

Pain Exhibit recently launched its new Spanish language website at PainExhibit.org/es.

Authored by: Gretta Hansing

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Lisa K

Expresses it all so perfectly.

Kurt W.G. Matthies

Gretta, this drawing is both fantastic and familiar. I have met this daemon in both waking and sleeping, and he can indeed appear very frightening and his power overwhelming when I feel most vulnerable.

When my daemons feel overwhelming, I try to remember that there is power in opposites, and that the opposite of fear is love. The love that gets passed around this great big world every moment of every day has the power to put that daemon back into a powerless mandala of squiggly red and black lines, where there is no fear, and there is no pain. What a place — where the only rule is love, and where fear has no power!

Meet you there, someday.