Expressive Arts Carnival: Open brief

The activity for this months Expressive Arts Carnival was open:

Because of the holiday season, this month’s theme is “OPEN”. Any survivor art is welcome! Please try to send a sentence or two of text you would like to accompany your art, but this is by no means a requirement.

The Spiral.

It represents the healing journey, with all of the bumps and pitfalls that are encountered on the way.
It shows the connections, and lack of connections that we feel internally and externally.
It shows the darkness we feel we are going towards, instead of away from.

Now playing: Mama Cass Eliot – Dream a little dream of me
via FoxyTunes


15 thoughts on “Expressive Arts Carnival: Open brief

  1. Apparently, my “not much” meant spending over an hour on this. It is important and meaningful, but I think I lost the meaning between completion and now. Or, I’m scared of rejection/criticism, so am downplaying it’s importance.

    Thanks again for your support tai and Sanity.

    Take care,

  2. This is awesome. I used to stare into patterns a lot as a kid, lose myself in them. Looking back I see I was using them to fall into trance. I still do sometimes. This reminds of that feeling … staring for a bit and the world, you, everyone falls away.

    It also looks like a labyrinth to me. Which is sort of how I feel about healing … turn here, meet a wall, go back, turn the other direction, on and on.

    I love the pen & ink look too. It makes it look beautiful and stark at the same time.

    “It shows the darkness we feel we are going towards, instead of away from.”

    I never thought of it like that, but you’re right. It really, really does feel like moving towards the darkness. So I’m really glad you shared that. It gives me a new perspective. Thank you.

    No matter how you created it, you created it. It came from you. And it’s lovely.

    • Hi Holly,

      I used to doodle all the time when I was in college and university. The margins of my note paper would be filled with geometric shapes which became more and more complex as the lecture continued. I think that for me, it was about grounding. It kept part of my brain in the lecture, listening to what was happening. Although, sometimes I would get very lost in the triangles. I would sometimes use patterns as a way to force a dissociative escape when I was young, but I don’t remember using it in that way as I aged – but then I don’t remember much of my university years, so maybe I did, not sure.

      Thank you for the compliment.

      Please take care,

  3. Oooh, I love this!! I like the light and the dark bits, and the bumps and the smooth bits. And I like how it seems that we’re looking in on the darkness, instead of it just rising up to swamp us, like it sometimes does.

    I know this is a hard time of year for you. I hope you’re taking care and doing what YOU need to do to look after yourself. ((hugs))

  4. hi castor~ i was immediately pulled in and felt captivated by this one. i can see how confusing it must be turning inwards, it seems like it would be easy to feel lost in this internal world. the middle seems scary being so dark, i could see myself wanting to linger along the outside. i like how wavy it all is, makes it seem like no matter what is going on, there is flexibility to your system.

    wishing you well today and always, castor~

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