The Abstract & Surreal Artwork of Colleen D. Gjefle

Pain & Isolation

2002 – Alkyd on Canvas – 16″ x 20″

Again, I’m representing myself as the strong and eternal stone that’s afraid to feel. A black bar over the eyes is used the hide a person’s identity and in the painting represents how my identity was suppressed as an abused child. It’s also representing how hard it was to examine what had happened to me. I was also beginning to realize how emotionally imprisoned I had become, shown by the barbed wire. There is a delicate paper heart attached to the chest that’s bleeding with the pain. The figure is standing on rocky ground that is cracking underneath it from the weight it’s feeling.

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