April Newsletter: What's the story behind this painting

THE POWER OF VULNERABILITY - 24"X18" - Oil on Linen. Contact  Nadine Robbins  for more information

THE POWER OF VULNERABILITY - 24"X18" - Oil on Linen. Contact Nadine Robbins for more information

Can you imagine one day not being able to walk? That's what happened to my friend Diane who threw her back out and was bedridden for months.

During her convalescence, she read "Infinity Net" the autobiography of Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese contemporary artist who works primarily in sculpture and installation. In one of the chapters, it explained why Yayoi painted dots. The artist has had mental health problems, and while she was in an institution, she discovered that painting dots repetitively helped her cope. These dots inspired me to create a painting of Diane. She is holding a piece of fabric with black dots symbolizing the depression she experienced during her recovery, and her tight embrace of this fabric shows her strength and vulnerability.

If you're curious about the symbolism of her tattoos, check out the blog post.

Photo: Image of me photographing Diane.

Photo: Image of me photographing Diane.