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Dawnique Savala


"Struggles" by Dawnique Savala

Logan, New Mexico

acrylic painting

28 inches long x 28 inches wide

I left this piece unfinished to speak of the struggles 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 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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