This artwork is from our social prescribing project for Merton residents.
Rediscovering pointillism during the first Covid lockdown, I made a new foxy friend who comes to see me in the garden.
I drew this after a dance movement therapy session which brought up a lot of difficult emotions to process. I began with a mandala design, but then intuitively I drew large strokes and fire to express myself. I felt a huge emotional release after this was complete.
This piece of art is my representation of the saying "behind closed doors". In the part of the image where the door is shut, we can see through it and everything seems normal, but as we open the door, we see the image in its true state. Torn. The hand opening the door represents us, looking in to understand situations that may be overlooked at a first glance.
Mixed media portrait. The magazine I ended up using was all about food, so that sums me up. It says everything about me. It is important to me, as I need to lose weight, which means that I have anxiety.
Where the world is viewed as a concrete jungle of corruption, we can seek and find comfort in the natural world that still lives on. This was a fun piece to make as it incorporated a political cartoon narrative outside the windows, but counteracts that with the warm colours of the naturistic rug.
I moved home in between the two groups that made up the Merton pilot project. Towards the end of the 12 weeks, we ran a session on creating an image from found objects and discarded bits. By this time, I had very little left around me. The image is made of objects from my flat and the Thames foreshore nearby, loosely bound by some orange thread. The two halves perhaps indicate having one foot in two different places.