through the wringer // hung to dry
This work is a visualization of emotional turmoil being transformed into healing. Depicted anatomically, the heart represents the internal human experience. This organ is present in all of us, however, it does not just pump blood. The heart carries emotion and feels deeply. We clutch our chests when we are deeply moved, and the pain in our chests when something goes wrong is known as heartbreak. The heart holds great meaning. I chose to design this printmaking piece with the heart wrung out, smushed, entirely worn. This means that the one embodying this heart has been through tribulations to the point of emotional depletion. The clothesline is a place where the heart can finally dry off and rejuvenate how it's meant to after being put "through the wringer,” the very low places we lift ourselves out of. A place it can be hung to dry. Cleansed. Refreshed. Safe, finally. Rooted in feelings of freedom and peace.