survivors of Brain Injury Art Show
Community Living Connection (CLiC) is a unique online support group with a emphasis on education. A group of CLiC participants recently learned about the benefits of and created their own art. Below are a few samples from those participants along with other works of art all created by survivors of brain injury.
Science shows that art:
- Reduces stress
- Improves focus
- Improves emotional processing skills
- Improves communication skills
- Improves decision making skills and hope for the future
My tree is pink to represent my brain. Blood cells in the middle for all the blood loss during my wreck, zigzags for my being turned upside down. Yellow and green triangles for sun and plants to represent continuous growth, honeycombs for me trying to put myself and my life back together piece by piece. Lit up Goosefraba sign because it is my life motto now after seeing the movie "Anger Management." My 3 Kibbens - Bojangles (orange), Migi (white), and Kibby (Torti) for them playing a huge role in my mental health. Inside the base of the tree is a road leading to nowhere because I feel so lost like I am going in circles fighting my new reality.
These photos were taken at dawn on Virginia Beach in February of 2023. Waves that used to be painful to listen to are now soothing two years post injury.
Sunrise is when the world is quieter and easier to navigate. It feels like a time when nature hasn't been touched yet.
What goes up must come down. Sunrise, sunset. Still water, Waterfall. Chaos, Calmness. Love, Hate. Find the balance you can thrive in.
Even when you are surrounded by darkness, drowning in constant torment, relentless depression, and fighting against yourself harder than the waves you're drowning in. Frightened, alone in the dark, there's still something bright to anchor onto.
Self reflection of where you were before. The people who love you. Your happy place, your comfort. Inside this shell castle is a road to lead you there.