Art & Grief - Jean Keohane
I’m committed to the premise that ‘Art’ enables people to improve their mental health. I think art helps communities resolve social and economic issues affecting their mental wellbeing. Art provides a different point of view.
I linked up with an Art & Soul project in May 2020 after I lost my sister in the April to Covid 19. The project gave me space to express my grief using art work. My grief was a shade of blue, ranging from dark to pale blue. Grief never ends it changes. At the end of the project I emerged from dark blue to a paler shade of blue.
I’m now involved in the Art & Soul ‘Remote Connectivity’ project which is helping ease my grief and the loneliness imposed by Covid 19. Remote Connectivity has stimulated my creative juices. Seeing other members’ artwork gave me the confidence to have a go. Biweekly Zoom meetings make me feel connected to people I will hopefully meet in the future with the Art & Soul organisation. Painting has helped relieve my grief and anxiety to produce images that reflect my thoughts which in turn reflect my memories. In my paintings I see my identity – a person’s memory is everything.
“Grief never ends….but it changes. It’s a passage not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness nor a lack of faith. It’s the price of love” - Unknown