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Thought Worms & Beyond: Alison Hirst

Thought Worms & Beyond: Alison Hirst

This collection of work includes paintings and drawings created during a period when I was struggling with mental health problems. The combination of a life-long love of nature and newly discovered drawing skills, offered much needed respite from the anxiety I was experiencing as a cancer survivor.

I quickly discovered that charcoal, graphite and pastel would become my favoured media – the tactile sensation of powder and grit feeling earthy and energetic on my fingertips. As I smudged, scraped and swept marks across paper, coaxing to life images of natural forms around me, I began to reconnect with the vibrant world from which I had sadly come adrift.
Art became my healer and still supports me when the thought worms start to stir again.

Proceeds from sales of work will be donated to the mental health charity Mind.

Alison Hirst – March 2018

 

 

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