Someone once told me that Life does not offer us more than we can handle. Being creative and working with clay has helped me manage some of the hardest and darkest times in my life. Each time I work with clay I gain self recognition and acceptance which makes me a healthier individual, this is the empowerment I want to pass onto others.
Recently an entire year was spent focusing my energy and artwork on my personal health*. The goal was to have my audience be able to see the pain I feel while battling a chronic illness. More importantly to improve my mental health and understanding about my body.
As I made artwork based on my physical ailments and pain I still could not shake the anxiety that was living inside of me. Now the focus of my work is not on my physical body but the anxiety that is contained in it. Using clay and paintings together I am able to best express the situation that has been handed to me for others to see.
The creative process is a unique form of self-expression in that way, it can aide in healing because it is unique to the creator. Each piece made represents an emotional goal that was reached and sets precedence for continued growth through production. After I am done I can look at my art and be proud of something that is a direct extension of who I am. By this logic each piece contains weight and pain that I once held in my mind and on my heart, lifting me up and empowering me to help others. Everyday I put forth my best effort to find an understanding so that I am not hiding underneath my anxieties anymore.