Art by Petrouchka
For those who know "Petrouchka", they know that my passion and creativity comes from my art. I am an artist because it is my first understanding of the world around me. Before I spoke my first words, art was my first language. I have always reacted and interacted with color to define the context of my understanding.
In my beginning, the medium that I preferred was acrylic on wood. Wood speaks to me. My method is to respect the wood by following the grain of the wood to reveal the images that the wood is narrating. As the story unfolds, the grain changes; therefore, I must also change with the use of colors and hues. When I work with wood, the grain tells me how to flow and I just bring out what is already there. Through my paintings I became more of a storyteller in my process.
After a severe car accident in 2012, I had lost my ability to see colors, to connect with the world around me or even have the confidence to pick up a brush. As I learn to to regain my life back, my artwork has been the source of my healing. My art helps me daily in learning how to cope with PTSD, communicate my thoughts to others, and find joy in redefining myself.
Silk painting has created a new chapter to my story. Along with the wood, the silk takes me on a journey of color and collaboration. Through silk, the conversation of the wood is reinterpreted. I am currently working on a collection of art to share with others my process of being a survivor of traumatic brain injury (TBI).