Struggles by Dawnique Savala

An incomplete acrylic painting of two pairs of green shoes

Acrylic Painting, 28″ x 28″

I left this piece unfinished to speak of the struggles that I face with trying to learn to live with Rheumatoid Arthritis and with trying to continue making art.

RA has affected my hands so holding a paintbrush has become difficult so I’ve started painting with my fingers. I’ve used this as a way to incorporate my experience with this disease into my work. My technique is not the only thing that I use.

The shoes represent the idea that you can’t tell what a person is going through unless you walk in their shoes. I may look healthy on the outside but if you were to look inside you would see the war that my immune system has waged against my body.


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