I wish I was a Master Thief so I could steal your pain
12 inches by 8 inches
Needle felted wool soft sculpture of the figures and foam board for the base
First and foremost I wanted this soft sculpture to reach out to both sides of an audience that both sides are understood and that both aspects are represented when taking care of a loved one with either mental, emotional or physical pain.
Non verbal body language is a very powerful thing for me in regards to conveying pain.
Whether one sees another in pain they try to give comfort but it is usually the invisible illnesses that are not seen in the same light by society frustratingly so for the person in intractable pain. But it is a pain that is still felt by others looking in at certain moments of ones life.
As a person with bipolar I wanted to capture what it has felt like in the purple figure in both color and body language what it is to be in that depressed painful state.
At the same time I wanted to capture what it has felt like as the caregiver in the orange figure in color and in body language as well. I wanted to capture the caring that I have experienced for friends and family who are depressed.
For myself, one tries to give of themselves when a loved one is in pain. Sometimes it has been painful for the caregiver to see someone they love suffering and want to help and lovingly frustrated by not fully being able to.