Expressive Arts Carnival No. 15: Obstacle
Welcome to the January 2012 edition of the Expressive Arts Carnival, back after a bit of a hiatus! This month's theme, see announcement, was to "create an image that represents a major obstacle facing you now."
Here are the entries in the order received.
Entry 1: CimmerianInk - blog
CimmerianInk wrote: "For me it was very important to have a wall visually that separates the me who is looking for answers, from the me that's fragmented and full of doubts. It feels like my mind is the obstacle that I'm up against."
Entry 2: JustEliza
JustEliza wrote: "Not a child, Not a mother, Not a life."
Entry 3: Laura
New contributor Laura wrote: "I drew this while I was in the hospital recently, as a response to the same prompt about a major obstacle. Right now I am deeply struggling with how to bring myself—my very, very complicated and terrifying self—into therapy. It feels as if there is literally not room for all of the things I am experiencing and remembering in a 50 minute hour twice a week. Although I have been working with my therapist for several years, I am afraid that she has no idea what is coming. How can I navigate therapy as an adult when I feel so broken and out of control?"
Entry 4: Kerro
Kerro wrote: "I've been facing some challenges at work lately, and this photo I took over the Christmas break seems to capture those nicely, in a couple of different ways. First, there's a sort of literal representation. I work in a building that's around the same vintage as this one, so there's a physical resemblance to my place of work. Second, there's a more metaphorical representation in that the building seems dark and gloomy, with the spire towering over me—all of it with the stormy sky, almost a sign, foreboding. I've been feeling this way about work for a few weeks now. It's really challenging me not to be afraid of work and what will happen there. Challenging every healed (and unhealed) fibre of my being to walk in there every day."
Entry 5: Castorgirl
Castorgirl wrote: "My thought patterns have become my greatest obstacle, resulting in an inability to speak up for myself, looking for any excuse to put myself down, and within my disordered eating habits. I know that these are all symptoms of an underlying cause or motivation, but the scream of these symptoms is so loud, it's now impossible to see what is behind it. So my scream, as represented by this abstract photograph, is my obstacle."
Entry 6: Bay - blog
Entry 7: Wantstorun
Wantstorun wrote: "I My mind definitely responds in a logical manner, and my mind definitely responds in an emotional manner. I struggle a lot to get my emotions to match up with logic, or vice versa. It is like trying to put a square peg into a round hole."
Entry 8: Paul
Paul (me) wrote: "The result of such complete focus on the "left camp" lead to huge jealousy and anger from the right camp, and that lead to a serious lack of safety. The obstacle, for me, is getting some communication and collaboration over that divide and over that bridge. The path is the art. The expression."
That's all folks! Thanks to all those who contributed, especially those of you who are new. Thanks for taking a chance! If you think this Carnival is worthwhile, then let others know about it and we can continue to increase the contributors for future months.
The Carnival will now be on a bi-monthly schedule. Our next activity will be posted on or around March 1.