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.

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Sep 03, 2015
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by: Timothy S. Stewart

The sketch is excellent and shows exactly how people like me feel whenever migraine strikes. You are truly amazing and this work says it all, importantly it has an universal appeal which is lacking in many art pieces now-a-days.

Jan 06, 2015
Nice one
by: Anonymous

There are several ways to get rid of migraine! Believe me! It actually works. Migraines are nothing but very painful headaches. It could be because of stress or some kind of physical activities. Smoking is another identified reason. It is important not to consume red meat, pork or any kind of processed food during this situation.

Feb 23, 2012
by: Qualia

You really got the message of pain across with this one. :)

Apr 08, 2011

I can relate to this :( the only thing I can think of when having a migraine is nails drilling in my head... then blank...darkness... and sadness.

Sep 01, 2010
by: Sharon C

This is a true work of art!

Jul 19, 2010
by: James

Gayle, this is truly exceptional. I would give it 6 stars if I could. ;) It's simple, and yet expresses the agony of migraine SO WELL.

Well done.

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