The body of work presented here comes at a time when conversations around mental health and wellness are increasingly being had. We find ourselves investigating the storied history and affective relationship between trauma, interpersonal relationships and the environment. How then do we construct processes and spaces of respite from mental trauma? In engaging with the complexly theorised sphere of the mind, how do we imagine procedures of care and destigmatisation?
Coleman-Pinheiro’s scenes are compositionally and texturally chaotic, from images of singular characters to closely packed figures. Yet, they present us with stillness, one prompted by an encounter with the intimate but unfamiliar. We recognise them in form, we might even find ourselves reflected in their silhouetted bodies, but the journey into their experiences and realities has only just begun. The paintings exist as pieces of a larger vista to which we must return in teasing out emotional experiences and responses from bodies going through a journey of healing.