content > Road Repairs: Finding Strength and Resilience Through Our Scars

Conduit
acrylic on canvas
8"x8"
2019
Boost
acrylic on canvasl
8"x8"
2019
Entry/Exit
acrylic on canvas
8"x8"
2019
Rebound
acrylic on canvas
8"x8"
2019
Road Repairs: Path, acrylic on canvas by Cheryl Schainfeld
acrylic on canvas
8"x8"
2018
2018
2018
2018
Road Repair #1
archival pigment print
14"x11"
Road Repair #2
archival pigment print
14"x11"
Road Repair #3
archival pigment print
14"x11"
Road Repair #4
archival pigment print
14"x11"
Road Repair #5
archival pigment print
14"x11"
Road Repair #6
archival pigment print
14"x11"
Road Repair #7
archival pigment print
14"x11"
Road Repair #8
archival pigment print
14"x11"
Road Repair #9
archival pigment print
14"x11"
Road Repair #10
archival pigment print
14"x11"
Road Repair #11
archival pigment print
14"x11"
Road Repair #12
archival pigment print
14"x11"

I am an artist and a mental health advocate. This series, Road Repairs focuses on healing, love and forgiveness. It began in 2014, two months after a severe depression and an attempt to end my life. During my daily walks I started to notice the mended cracks and holes on the roads and in parking lots. These marks jumped out at me. They were both bold and contemplative. I could imagine myself and others painting these strokes with purpose and passion! These unique, fluid, abstract markings became metaphors for scars or wounds both physical and emotional. I thought of the scars of others as well as the scars on my own body which at one time caused me much shame, fear and embarrassment. Now I could imagine embracing them and retracing them. I started to understand my mistakes and began to forgive myself and others for the past. I was starting to heal and find resilience through these scars. When I see my scars today and the scars of others I see a history of strength, perseverance, compassion and hope. Struggling with a mental or physical illness is difficult and my hope is that this series will resonate with you, emit positive energy and bring hope and inspiration to your lives.

Some influences for this series are drawn from a merging of abstract expressionism with hard-edge formalism. The contrast of organic and geometric forms intrigues me....
The pairing of yellows with grays speaks to the varying moods and feelings we all share.