I was recently given the amazing opportunity to be the book cover artist for a memoir, The Youngest Light by Jane Y. Chin. It’s a collection of short stories and poems about the author’s childhood emotional abuse, her later struggle with depression, and the journey she took to reclaiming her Self.
When Jane asked me to be a part of the process, I was both elated by the chance to join my efforts with someone whose experiences I could totally relate to, and overwhelmed by the prospect of not being able to create something good enough - for the cover of a book! For all to see! Cringe.
But here it is now, even though every minute I spent on it was coated with pure fear that it wouldn’t be good enough. And then I realized, my fears probably stem from several dated childhood experiences of my own out of which grew demons that I had yet to slay. With the completion of this project, I can proudly say that I’ve finally suited up for battle.
As an artist, I constantly struggle to convey the emotions and experiences that for many of us just get swept under the rug. Eventually, the dust piles up, and the uneven lumps in the rug trip us into oblivion. I’m one of the lucky ones who happened to discover art. If it weren’t for my art, I probably wouldn’t have gotten off my emotional roller coasters in the relatively good place that I am today.
For that, I’m all for the use of art as a healing tool. Jane is preparing exclusive copies of her memoir for people who make a $25 donation to A Window Between Worlds, a non-profit organization that has provided creative expression as a healing tool for over tens of thousands of women and children around the world who have been victims of domestic violence. If you love art, believe in it, and want to make a difference, now’s your chance! Get a free book out of it - why not?
(To find out more about Jane and her memoir, click here.)