Featured Pain Art: “Beyond the Betrayal of the Senses”

Featured Pain Art: “Beyond the Betrayal of the Senses”

"Beyond the Betrayal of the Senses" acrylic on canvas 30 inches long x 20 inches wide

“Beyond the Betrayal of the Senses”
acrylic on canvas
30 inches long x 20 inches wide

I think of my pain as a betrayal by my senses. In this painting, the body is a work of art [David] and it is an empty vessel. The body is a vessel for the spirit.

To go beyond the senses I go to a place in my mind that is empty and still, represented here by the desert. The mind goes beyond the body, quieting the pain. In this place of stillness my spirit is lifted up, represented by the rainbow light energy that travels upward through the doorway, “beyond the beyond.”

When I think of the universe and a star, I think of them as one. In this meditation I become one with the universe. Pain is alleviated. To manage my pain throughout the day, I remember, “I am not the body.”

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: Gregory Maskwa

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Tim O'Connor

I am very interested in the use of art therapy among older adults with mild cognitive deficits. I was surprised to see how much material is now available regrading art therapy and depicting chronic pain. When I started my PhD research in 2008 there was little research available. I am curious if you have identified any correlations between color choice and pain characteristics? Thank you for sharing you article!