Capturing Sorrow in Words and Images




“Sisters of Sadness” Materials: paper flowers, acrylic paint, glitter, patterned paper, ribbon, rhinestones

How do you capture sadness, sorrow, melancholy, loneliness, depression, and other abstractions in concrete ways in words or images without being melodramatic? This is a question I find myself asking when I’m trying to write or create visual art. Some have mastered the art — those who compose songs that hurt in just the right ways — so I decided to borrow some song lyrics and experiment with excerpts and erasures. (But what happens when you divorce lyrics from melody? Is something essential lost?) I tried to strip down the words to the part where I felt the essence of the emotions. Here is what I came up with.


“The Lonely” by Christina Perri Materials: printed lyrics on cardstock, chipboard hearts, acrylic paint, soft pastels


“The Sound of silence” by Simon and Garfunkel Materials: lyrics printed on cardstock, acrylic paint, chalk pastels


“Hallelujah” bu Leonard Cohen Materials: printed lyrics on cardstock and Washi tape







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