Featured Pain Art: “Why Happy Why Sad”

Featured Pain Art: “Why Happy Why Sad”

This series, Why Happy Why Sad, is a statement, not a question.

The opposing dichotomies are on a spectrum of which we slide back and forth:

Depression/Hope; Death/Rebirth; Isolation/Inclusion; Pain/Healing; Self-Hatred/Self-Respect.

"Why Happy Why Sad"  mixed media on canvas 10 Canvases 48 inches long x 48 inches wide

“Why Happy Why Sad”
mixed media on canvas
10 Canvases 48 inches long x 48 inches wide

Everything in our emotional, intellectual and situational environment leads us back to the root of the issue: these battles between our minds, hearts, bodies and souls. We are not all one or the other.

The main point of this series comes down to this: It’s okay, and dare I say “normal” to feel the contrasting emotions simultaneously.

Through prayer, I write poetry. The evolution of this series was inspired by poems. I designed each set at a time. Began by painting the [happy] images. When I painted the [sad] images, I displayed the [happy] piece for encouragement as I painted through each canvas emotion.

The last [Self-Hatred/Self-Respect] was the opposite. It took me a while to truly understand the meaning and experience of self-respect. Through prayer and a poem, the image and emotional experience of self-respect became clear to me.

I concluded the series on a positive note.

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: Melissa Regas