Artwork by Irene Wolfferts
As long as I can remember art has been the essence of my life. It nourished me when I was lonely and without art I would have died for sure, as life was very painful. It was as if all my nerve ends were exposed at the surface of my body, so whatever was said or done which wasn’t tender and sweet, came as destroying swords into me. And there was so much hate and sorrow around me….
So I drew. And made little figures out of what material I found. Going to the Art Academy was the most logical step. I couldn’t relate to the atmosphere of Art Galleries and I preferred to work free in commissions.
So whatever I did, portraits, jewellery, books, applied arts, seize didn’t matter but the people I worked for had to be sweet.
Meanwhile I learned to be better armed and how to accept every other being as by growing older I understood the underlying pain in almost everyone. The basis always the same: I’m not good enough. Which could be not smart enough, not sweet enough, not beautiful enough etc… So out of this came the jealousy and the greed. And by understanding this I learned that however painful what I felt, it wasn’t only my pain, it was theirs as well. And the only way to cope was and still is to create beauty in everything I do.
To be awarded with a membership would feel as a blessing for all the hardship and powerful lessons I learned! I’m just not much on social media, but I thought I try anyhow and thank you for reading my story.
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