This is a very layer-intensive and meaningful intuitive piece I created near the end of 2017. Art is therapeutic. With this piece, I expressed a lot of frustration, hurt, and anger, I felt around various circumstances when I left my marriage.
The piece felt representative of my sense of self, working through a lot of negative emotions and harsh realities. Having something tangible helps me let go of those difficult feelings. I worked through the layers and writing, textures and colors–intuitively building to something stronger, more positive, yet still vulnerable. A lot like who I’ve grown into.
Sadly, it doesn’t photograph particularly well due to the size, texture, and reflection from the gloss coating.
Carly Swenson is an intuitive painter originally from northern Montana. She spent more than a decade working primarily as a mixed media artist before shifting to acrylics. Swenson received a BFA in Visual Arts with an Art History Minor from Bemidji State University. During and after university, she traveled and lived abroad, this included studying in China, traveling throughout Europe and living both in England and the Azores.Swenson’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout the US and internationally. Her freelance writing and mixed media journals have been published in nationally distributed art magazines. She has facilitated art workshops for various age groups. Swenson’s work is also included in the permanent art collections of Angra do Heroismo Museum and Bemidji State University (Bemidji, MN). Currently, she lives in St. Paul, MN with a smart little dog and a weird little cat. They’re nice.
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