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Visualize Pain

There is a great website, Pain Exhibit.com, that has asked for submissions from chronic pain suffers worldwide to visualize their pain. The focus of the project is to be able to educate others about the experience of pain. It is affirming to be able to see  how using line, colors, texture and shapes folks can communicate their feelings and emotions. It is great to see how many pain related facilities are using the site for educational purposes. Even though some of the images are very honest and graphic, there are also those that affirm the strength of the individual to deal with their pain.

If you are so inclined to want to share your interpretation of pain, they are currently accepting new submissions. And if you are into visually expressing your pain, check out getting paid for submitting work to sites like fotolio.com. This site and others like it have some pretty simplistic images when you search under chronic pain, they do not come close to the intensity of images from those who have endured a chronic pain experience.

Have you done visualizations of your pain? How did it feel doing it?

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About Mary Byrne Eigel

Before writing children’s books, Mary spent many years teaching in classrooms and creating art in her studio. She was born with bi-lateral hip dysplasia, a painful condition that causes normal activities, like walking, to be challenging. As a child, when Mary had to trek long distances, she often wished she had a wheelchair. For her, a wheelchair offered pain-free opportunities, not limitations. Mary grew up in Chicago, which is the lakefront inspiration for the town of Sail. She lives in Missouri with her husband and two dogs, Beaux and Trey.

3 responses »

  1. Mary,

    You said “…there are also those that affirm the strength of the individual to deal with their pain.”

    That’s a great point; people are using art to express themselves and what pain means to them. For some, this takes great inner strength to do, often feeling ashamed to let other people know they have pain. Thanks for sharing.

    Regards,

    Steve
    Pain Elimination

  2. Mary Byrne Eigel

    It does take great strength to reveal such a heartfelt experience. Thanks for your comment.

  3. Wow! I saw this while searching for an image of a completely different nature, but it just took hold of me. Simply fantastic job! I love how subtle the transformation is from the chaos to the face. I frequently feel like I too am slipping against my will into a chaotic background.

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