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Chrysalis

Large - 73x103x3cm Mixed Media on Wood


Even when I was a kid, I've always been quite shy. I could be very open with some people but extremely quiet with others. I was always told to be more assertive and to be more extroverted and it made me feel like a big part of me was in the wrong place. It wasn't until I hit my late twenties that I started to come to accept my personality for what it is. 


Chrysalis was actually painted twice. The original piece had the same colour scheme but it was much more vibrant than this one. While painting, I realized that I was forcing myself to paint something that looked bold and loud. By the time I finished, I noticed I wasn't happy. I was happy with the piece itself but I wasn't happy with my experience and the meaning that the piece held. And so I decided to repaint this piece in much softer colours. 


Painting Chrysalis in turn became my first step to self acceptance. I celebrated all the parts of myself that others told me I wasn't allowed to love and created something still just with as much impact than the bold version underneath. I learned that you don't need to be loud in order to be proud and sometimes the softest colours shine the brightest.