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Art Therapy

Helping Hands

This piece by Kathryn Scholefield depicts two hands reaching out for each other, and was made with charcoal and colored pastel.
December 2016 Vol 2 No 6
Kathryn “Grace” Scholefield
Virginia Beach, VA

This drawing is part of a series about cancer, and the journey that Ryan and I went through. In this series I use a symbol of a writing spider that appears in each piece. Spiders, specifically writing spiders, represent growth, hope, change, strength, a new beginning, the chance to write one’s own pathway or story, and protection. 

This piece is made of charcoal and colored pastel and depicts two hands reaching out for each other. The hands are coming through the dark, hence some parts of the hands are not fully visible. The meaning is that those who are sick and those who support them go through a dark and unknown part of their life, which can be very frightening, but they refuse to let the darkness take over them, and look to the light and the good. So they reach out for each other and hold on. The spider on the hand represents hope and the chance for a better life and a chance to write their own stories. By reaching out to each other, they grow stronger and are able to help each other, and are happier and closer.  

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