Pain is part of being human but also part of growth.

In this painting, I explore the emotion and personal environment of being in pain. Feeling pain can cause feelings of helplessness, desperation and aloneness. How much of that can you share with others; how much can they share with you? Yes, for a fleeting moment in time you are not alone, but in the end it is your pain, your experience and as such nobody can really touch it. For a moment they can make it lighter, easier, but you are still alone. It is your pain.

In the painting, the emotion of pain is real and the connectedness while also the disconnectedness with the other person.

‘People are never helped in their suffering by what they think for themselves, but only by revelation of a wisdom greater than their own. It is this which lifts them out of their distress’

Carl Jung

Hetsie Otto

South African Contemporary Artist & Fine Art Photographer

One Reply to “The Emotion of Pain in Art”

  1. Beautiful artwork. Touched me deeply, and, as a poet, I feel like it touches my heart and complements my own art. Thank you very much for this and don’t give up on painting.

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