Solo ex­hi­bi­tion

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Clark­son artist Cat Cronin show­cases best work in Ki­dogo Art­house ex­hi­bi­tion.

CLARK­SON artist Cat Cronin is pre­par­ing for a solo ex­hi­bi­tion, So Alive 365 - Flight From Pain, telling the story of how art helped her over­come chronic pain.

The ex­hi­bi­tion at the Ki­dogo Art­house in Fre­man­tle from Septem­ber 14 to 19 will show­case her best works and tell of her jour­ney through chronic pain us­ing art, mind­ful­ness, move­ment, diet and holis­tic ther­a­pies.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will in­clude more than 60 im­pres­sion­is­tic scenes from na­ture, fig­u­ra­tive works and sketches that bal­ance chaos and calm.

Cronin, who has been a full-time artist since leav­ing art school in Ire­land in 2006, uses acrylic and wa­ter­colour on can­vas as well as chalks, char­coal and glazes on pa­per.

In Jan­uary 2011 she was in a car crash that changed her life when she was sideswiped by an­other driver and left with se­vere dis­abling pain caused by spinal in­juries.

“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,” she said.

Four years into re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and re­cov­ery, Cronin started get­ting some re­lief as she drew ly­ing down, then pro­gressed to paint­ing stand­ing up at an easel for 15 to 20 min­utes at a time.

She would med­i­tate, then paint in frenzy and lie on the floor and re­peat this process un­til she couldn’t stand.

“I com­mit­ted to make art ev­ery day for a year and share it on so­cial me­dia,” she said.

“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.

Dur­ing the Fre­man­tle ex­hi­bi­tion she will do paint­ing ses­sions daily and in­vite peo­ple to join her for ‘cre­ative en­ergy work­shops’.

Pic­ture: David Baylis­mu­ni­ d486011

Cat Cronin of Clark­son started paint­ing as a re­lief from chronic pain.

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