Featured Pain Art: “Crucified by Pain”

Featured Pain Art: “Crucified by Pain”

PE.Harrell-Sanders_CrucifiedThis painting represents those that suffer from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. Sometimes it’s hard to put into words what those of us with these syndromes feel. I hope my art expresses it to those that don’t understand.

“Crucified by Pain”
oil on canvas
20 inches long x 16 inches wide

Art 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.

Authored by: Dana Harrell-Sanders

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John Quintner

Although they both have considerable strengths, both the biomedical and the biopsychosocial approaches to the person in pain have limitations because they do not give any insight to the so-called “objective” clinician/observer as to “what is it like to be in pain?”. This is reminiscent of Thomas Nagel’s much quoted essay “What is it like to be a bat?”. This is why art has always been such an important medium of expression for people in pain. For me, this painting exemplifies the existential crisis that appears to be the thread that is common to such artwork. In my opinion, clinicians are in desperate need of a new approach to the person in pain - one that is grounded in empathy in all its connotations (both positive and negative). Neuroscientific research is pointing the way!