Creatives Making A Difference
‘Supporting Mental Health’
Comfort: 1. a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint. 2. consolation for grief or anxiety.
Welcome to the first collaboration in a 5 week, fortnightly engagement with the notion of comfort. Comfort is something we all need and often, curiously, find hard to get (either from ourselves or others). For this particular collaboration we have paired 3 artists and 3 poets together. Each poet/artist pair, in contrast to our fear/trust collaboration have been working on the single theme of comfort. The words and the images working together in a uniform exploration of the texture and nuances of this basic human need. The poets and artists have been exchanging ideas over a number of weeks and what you’ll be seeing as the weeks pass is the diverse expression of that exchange.
It’s our intention that these collaborations will form an online resource which will potentially bring comfort, provide an innovative means to engage with difficult feelings, and ultimately to provide access to information about mental health in a stimulating manner. The idea is that we will also eventually group these collaborations together into exhibitions and installations to further promote public awareness and engagement with these issues. Your feedback on this project would be very much welcomed.
This week’s collaboration features:
Hugo Smith (Artist) and Lenka Monk (Poet)
Iridescent Point of View
by Lenka Monk
Many opaque months held captive
In asylum for the damned,
Where words of comfort lost their meaning
Where despair is all, but done.
There resides the end of it all, or beginning of
brand new starts.
Lay in decay numb and weary,
Or escape the prison’s guards.
To gaze upon the same world, same things
For once to see the shadow’s hue
Nothing has changed, but the eyes
The iridescent point of view.
Once again to see the colours
Of the raindrops through the rays,
Hear the whisper wind swept branches
Feel the blood rush in the veins.
Let the sharp scythe fall silently
Into empty darkened space,
For the light now shines so brightly
Seeps inside and blunts the blades.
The rusty chain that’s been biting
All the way down to the bone,
The mark will remain and will remind
It didn’t fall down on its own.
To those of us who made the journey,
Those who’s soul once had bled
Oh, those are bravest in the darkness
Who touched that light up ahead.
You can find out more about Hugo and Lenka here:
I am a Belfast based abstract artist. I work in acrylic on canvas. I use bold colours, blends and images to capture the imagination. My art is based on two themes. Firstly, memories of the past and the people who made it special. Secondly, hope for the future. I want my work to ask questions, to inspire, to spark creativity, to add warmth and colour to the owners’ lives. I will always paint. I have big ambitions and I think it is important to dream big, think big and live big.
My name is Lenka, but of course you already know that, so let’s just expand that a little. Writing is my passion. My friend and I self-published a novel, so I am not a stranger to collaboration projects. Writing poems is my “therapy” and it helped me through some difficult times. It helps me express myself and deal with things, when other means just won’t do. When one is choking on words and no sound comes out, what better way is there to pour it all out than in ink? Or paint, if one is an artist, which I am most certainly not. I leave that to the professionals. 🙂 Although, sometimes I refer to my writing as: “painting the canvas with words.”
The next Comfort Collaboration will be on Monday 11th November.