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So Alive 365 – Flight From Pain

When:

Fri 14 Sep 2018, 11:00am–4:00pm
Wed 19 Sep 2018, 11:00am–4:00pm

Where: Kidogo Art House, Bathers Beach, Fremantle, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: support22

Perth artist uses chronic pain to inspire others.

Dublin born, Perth artist Cat Cronin is busy preparing for her solo exhibition, So Alive 365 – Flight From Pain. It will not only showcase her finest works but tell the story of her journey through chronic pain and how she obliterated and surpassed specialists expectations using art, mindfulness, movement, diet, and holistic therapies as her medicine.

So Alive 365 – Flight From Pain comprises of over 60 impressionistic emotive and energetic scenes from nature, figurative works and sketches that strike the balance between chaos and calm. The works are acrylic and watercolour on canvas and paper finessed with chalks charcoal and glazes.

The collection includes original works finally released for sale that have already sold print editions worldwide, new original works, open sketchbook pages, Facebook favourites and a collection of limited print editions for viewing and sale.

Cronin’s work depicts her own journey—one which has not been easy. Cronin has been a full-time artist since leaving Art School in Ireland in 2006. In January 2011 she was in a devastating car accident that changed her life when she was sideswiped by a negligent driver and left with severe disabling pain caused by spinal injuries.

She made many failed attempts to get back to reality in between procedures, rehabilitation and treatments, but the reoccurring pain made it almost impossible. Cronin says, “Financial, emotional strain and the frustration and inability to plan for the future in areas like family or a career made me feel I would lose hope, I wanted to escape my body by any means possible.”

Cronin longed for her previous creative life and a worthwhile future. By 2015, four years into rehabilitation and recovery, Cronin was finally getting some windows of relief. She started to draw lying down initially and progressed to painting standing up at an easel for 15 to 20-minute bursts. She would meditate, then paint in frenzy and lie on the floor and repeat this process until she couldn’t stand. This was followed by rest and then pushing herself to do the same the following day.

Cronin adds, “I committed to make art every day for a year and share it on social media. This is where ‘So Alive 365’ was born. I created a habit that changed my entire life forever. I leave my body when I paint, I feel invincible and every time I land back in my body I am healed a little more. I wrote my own prescription of art, then it rolled over into fitness, lifestyle change and more painting and art.”

Cronin has committed herself to empowering others with chronic pain through her artwork, her social media accounts, public workshops for those dealing with chronic pain and trauma recovery and also being a guest speaker at events such as the Positive Life Expo in August, sharing how movement and art put her back on track following a life changing accident.

Cronin will conduct daily live painting during the exhibition at a pop-up studio and is also inviting people to join her for ‘Creative Energy Workshops’. Here she will take a practical fun, mindful and creative approach to improving Creative Skills, Creative Confidence and the ability to embrace and induce your own unique creative energy more easily and frequently. Coming from a background in chronic pain management and using art as therapy—Cat brings an insightful and therapeutic approach to her workshops.

Cronin concludes, “I still struggle with flare ups and pain management daily, and some days it beats me—but I am fully alive 365 days a year and resilient, grateful, present and full of hope.”