36" x 40"
acrylic, pastel and ink on canvas
This painting was inspired by the way we try to protect ourselves from the pain that comes from being open and vulnerable with others or even with ourselves.
Being vulnerable is scary! It can hurt. Actually, it usually does hurt, because honesty and openness takes courage and doesn't always land well with others. If you feel sick to your stomach at the thought of sharing your true thoughts and emotions with others, you know what I'm talking about. That vulnerability hangover, that feeling of having over-shared, the fear of rejection. That's some heavy stuff. No one likes to get hurt, so it's easier to just clam up and keep your true feelings to yourself...until something changes. That one moment in time when you decide enough is enough, and that you're going to take a risk and break down the walls you've built around yourself, no matter what the outcome.
And when that moment has been reached, everything gets easier. JUST KIDDING. Deciding to be your true self can be freeing, but it's also terrifying and sometimes there's even a breakdown involved, which can really hurt. Bad. But rebuilding can only happen after the breakdown, that's when the healing can truly begin, when you are ready to start breaking down the walls you never needed to build in the first place.
More info about this product:
This painting was hand-stretched by the artist in her studio and is super light-weight for wall-mounting. It can be hung as an exposed canvas, or framed in a floating wood frame for a more polished look. This painting comes with a hand-written artist statement and signature. If you purchase this painting you will be contacted by the artist for more information about pick-up options in downtown Hamilton, Ontario, or delivery/shipping information. Please note that the buyer is responsible for any shipping charges, but the artist will facilitate the process by obtaining quotes, packaging the product safely, and bringing it to a shipping centre at no extra cost. Reach out to the artist directly through the Contact page for any inquiries regarding this piece.
*This is an original painting by Tania LaCaria, there is only one in the world.