Featured Pain Art: “Sacred Moments”

Featured Pain Art: “Sacred Moments”

PE.Shuey_SacredI am a self-taught artist who has been creatively charged from an early age. At age 22, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a widespread pain condition that affects muscles and nerves.

Frida Kahlo has inspired me for her vibrant color choices and for the strength portrayed in her work. It is this strength from which I form the core of my artistic mission. Like Kahlo, I use artistic vision to channel, express, and ultimately escape from my chronic pain condition.

Transforming such things as broken shards into organic, plant-like formations I am able to use my art as a means of growing from my pain, by transforming my painful feelings into vivacious designs. Upon first glance, one might perceive my painting as “light-hearted, whimsical,” however, upon closer examination, the seeds of pain become apparent.

The drips of pink and black paint represent pain and how it grabs a hold and refuses to let you go. I am the heart with wings that will use music and creativity to create a world of happiness that I can retreat to when the nerve pain starts to burn and light every nerve on fire.

“Sacred Moments”
acrylic with oil painted details
18 inches x 24 inches

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: Tara Shuey