Featured Pain Art: “The Divided Soul”

Featured Pain Art: “The Divided Soul”

"The Divided Soul" acrylic paint with vintage jewelry and "found" items 24 inches long x 20 inches wide x 2 inches deep

“The Divided Soul”
acrylic paint with vintage jewelry and “found” items
24 inches long x 20 inches wide x 2 inches deep

An aircraft accident in 2000 left me with spinal cord injuries, Central Pain, and an entirely different way of experiencing life.

Intractable pain is a brutal master that demands your attention to even the smallest of details.

“Divided Soul” expresses the dilemma that every chronic and intractable pain patient is forced to deal with: the socially acceptable face we present in public and the private horror going on inside, behind the smile.

The scarred trunk is a nod to some devastating conditions I share with thousands of others — Adhesive Arachnoiditis and Cauda Equina Syndrome.

This art 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: Radene Marie-Cook