by Gayle Madeira
(New York, NY)
When I decided to make this piece, I thought "what would best represent the feeling of a migraine" and many sharp objects came to mind, including nails, shattered glass, etc. I decided to make the main part of the painting on paper using watercolor, then I cut a hole in the head and built a little box behind it. I took a pane of glass and shattered it, then painted the pieces red and wrote the words of all the things that cause my migraines on each piece. Then I glued them into the box. I'll make more migraine paintings in the future, I'm sure of it. I've had them since I was 9 years old and most of my life, the frequency has been around 4x/week. People wonder why I'm so cheerful and energetic when I don't have a migraine. I tell them it is entirely just because I'm so happy that I don't have a migraine! And I must get as much done as possible in between the migraines because I'll be completely down for the count while they are happening.