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It Might Look Like Trauma, But This is How I Heal — Vulnerability in Art

When you cannot find the words, find the shapes and colours.

The Moment, After and Before. Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 x 1.5 inches

This may look like a painting about fear or trauma, but it is actually a painting about coping with those feelings. It does indeed reflect the moment when something has suddenly shut you down, but it is also the moment right before you get back up and take your next step.



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Karen Espig

I am a contemporary figure painter, working primarily in oils. I am also a Canadian Expat living in Albania. Follow my art and travel journey.