Cathartic collage. Self portraits about chronic pain

Collage has been a little more therapeutic for me than my usual art forms. I think it must have been finding a technique that I could manage and one that didn’t add to the fatigue and pain. Cutting small pieces of paper and glueing, drawing, attaching was just so light and easy. The painting of small pieces of paper and the careful ripping and tearing was like rocking. So gentle, so calming and at the same time feeling like I was handling my pain, expressing it and getting it out of my body and onto the art piece.

One of the two pieces not for sale (and that is not shown here), is the original piece that I used on the cover of my book. Each of the 500 dust cover jackets comes with four strings attached by hand and is my offering as an original hand touched piece of art by me (well actually Theo had to attach them all!). The book is $39 plus postage.

Contact me if you want to purchase my artwork, these are the original pieces, no printouts will be sold. Paypal or Direct deposit available. Will post safely and securely free within Australia (plus postage outside of Australia).

Self Portrait, collage 5. $780. © Soula Mantalvanos
Squelette. 360 mm x 500mm. $780. © Soula Mantalvanos
Self Portrait, collage 6. NFS. © Soula Mantalvanos
Self Portrait, collage 4. $780
Self Portrait, collage 2. $780. © Soula Mantalvanos
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