Original acrylic on canvas 30"x40" in a bespoke handmade frame by QED.
So often we avoid vulnerability or see it as a weakness. Showing true vulnerability requires great courage. Just being "you", trusting you are enough in your perfectly imperfect humanness is a step towards authenticity, liberation and an acceptance of your rightful place in our shared common humanity. It is the beating heart of compassion.
This painting is my raised right hand asserting my existence and wish to reach out and connect with others. However, my hand is slipping into the cold water behind as I call out in the hope to be given the opportunity to finish the very last phase of my clinical treatment. Holding onto my hard fought progress is tricky with the holes that remain my hand. Expressing needs, clinical or otherwise, is part of vulnerability.
Because true vulnerability and sincere connection with others is vital for us to flourish this painting is symbolic of the courage we all show in this pursuit in overcoming our fears of rejection, judgement and criticism en route.
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