This is the exhibit flyer I mentioned on the 'About Me' page that I saw outside a city art gallery. It called for artist submissions from survivors of sexual assault. It stirred me deeply wondering what it would feel like to draw the anguish I often felt. I drew a screaming bald woman in deep pain. It was a difficult birth drawing the spirits of my journey with sexual and physical assaults and mental health challenges that led to many twists and turns along the way.
Soul Scream was the birth of art to me. She was the inner spirit that had no release for too much pain and no words that said enough. People, nature, whatever moves through my art creations, past, present, and future, is rooted in the recovery and discovery of this beginning piece.
I am a woman who has known violence and traumas from assaults and the mental health challenges that are born of these difficulties. I believe in always seeking a way to move forward and find a way to be the change and be the difference to someone. Through lived life experiences we survivors are the experts in recovery. I hope through my art and community involvement to always respect that we each have our own walk and recovery. We each have what we need to move forward.
Art helps me move forward ~ Irene ~