I went to the Open Crit at Crosstown last Tuesday. It was an impressive meeting and I enjoyed seeing the artists in a personal venue. I can’t just sit still, though, so I started to doodle. One of the things I’ve enjoyed about being back in Memphis is seeing all the elaborate and beautiful hair styles that Memphians create. As I was doodling hair and plants, one of the artists talked about his head injury. He didn’t say that they caused any problems with his brain, but I know several people who have had head injuries with resulting brain damage. These thoughts combined in this doodle:
The idea stuck with me afterwards. I’ve been playing around with acrylic paint on paper and I did several variations of the doodle, and finally made one I’m happy with.
Injuries are a challenge, no matter their source or their resulting limitations. And yet, we find a way to cope, to sublimate, to bloom in unexpected ways.
What do you think?