Artist: Barb Hranilovich
Medium: Gouache, 20.5 x 16.5
Artist’s Statement: Flying on the trapeze is a literal joy and respite. An “I Rise” tattoo is a steady reminder of strength and growth. Bees inspire with their ability to carry many times their own weight. These points come together in this gouache painting—finding strength and joy by living in the moments of one’s personal bliss.
“I started therapy and began taking circus classes, a dream I had always held close. I met the most incredible people, many of who are survivors, and slowly began building a community. These people are my inspiration for what it means to take something ugly that has happened and reshape it into strength.” Abaries