calmness in the chaos

Desenrascanço – The newest collection, and something very different to the last. Desenrascanço is a Portuguese word that means to untangle, more specifically to untangle from a situation using creative means to do so. I loved the concept of this so much and felt how it could relate to the meaning of the pieces.

With all of this negativity I found that the world seemed to have stopped, and within that I found a lot of calm. When we went in to our first lockdown like most, I was frightened and then I soon began to realise how quite everything went. The roads were empty of cars, the air felt cleaner and birds sang louder. I wasn’t having to rush to my plans and make sure I fit everything in and the places around me that I had taken for granted suddenly became more beautiful.

A few of my friends and I had discussed how everything just seemed prettier and happier, making it easy to forget that the world was actually in total disarray, the stock markets plummeted, 100’s if not thousands were dying everyday in the UK and the rest of the world but we couldn’t see it. We saw something different, and found ourselves in a position through isolation which didn’t tangle us up in the chaos. Like many people it has made me reflect on my life and myself and how easy it is to get caught up in our anxieties and worries without trying to find solutions or some kind of control within our own minds.

Within the paintings the lines create so much intensity but if you look beyond that there are so many undertones or tranquillity and calmness. The two opposing forces balance each other out to create one unified piece that works.

This collection is about looking beyond the despair, finding the calmness and untangling yourself from your own patterns of negativity, and practicing living in balance, because when you cannot control anything all you can control is yourself.

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