Hanging On

‘Hanging on’

And

‘Clinging onto my fractured heart’

Taken from my personal art therapy journal

Now with the help of a professional councillor I have continued my art therapy journal, but with guidance and focus in terms of what to think about each week and then letting those thoughts be expressed in my art journal and talking about the images created together during the sessions, it’s been so very powerful already how my subconscious thoughts and feelings come out in my artwork and how I’m starting to understand how to explain them and come to realisations about myself, my past, my present and my future needs.

For those who struggle, like I do with traditional methods of expression, articulating their thoughts and emotions, understanding the past, and their present self and even just deciphering the chaos in their mind, I have personally found art to be my voice, my expression, my language!

I create images to offload all the things in my head, and I’m then able to look at it and understand it better, I can explain myself with art/images so well but if I was to just talk I wouldn’t know what to say or where to start.

Art is the portal to my soul, the voice of my mind and the desires of my heart.

It is only when I have an image in front of me that I am able to talk about that ‘subject’. Often when I’m looking at the image I begin to write poetry related to the image. As in this case with

‘Hanging on’

It’s been shattered, broken,

Patched back together,

And shattered all over again.

Barely holding together,

Almost completely ripped away.

Yet, still hanging on by a thread.

Battered, bruised,

And broken to pieces,

With just one finger,

Clinging on by a thread,

One single thread of hope.

Eleni NeoBenyon


In Our Minds

Some of my artwork is purely for therapeutic benefit, for me. It was not meant to be seen, it just allowed me to express my deepest emotions and experiences-which I normally keep inside and rarely reveal to anyone.

It occurred to me, however, that if I’d known others felt the way I do, thought the things I do, or even simply to see that art can be a voice for those of us who struggle to verbalise our thoughts and emotions..it could be a really wonderful thing to someone struggling like I was before I unintentionally discovered the therapeutic benefits of Art. More than that, my art is my voice when I thought I didn’t have one, my escape when I need one and my joy anytime I like.

That’s why I share my personal artwork, because if it can help me, then it can help others too. Putting my confessional artwork out there, bearing my soul to the world, showing my raw honest truth is a scary thing..but if it resonates with just one person and helps them to find a way to cope with their struggles, then it was worth it.

‘In our Minds’
A3 Watercolour Painting


‘Some People’

‘Some people do not,
Have the verbal ability,
To speak their mind,

Some people do not,
Have the confidence,
To speak their mind,

But ALL of those PEOPLE,
DO speak,
The universal language of ART



Eleni NeoBenyon
2021


The Matrix Of My Brain

Some of my artwork is purely for therapeutic benefit, for me. It was not meant to be seen, it just allowed me to express my deepest emotions and experiences-which I normally keep inside and rarely reveal to anyone.

It occurred to me, however, that if I’d known others felt the way I do, thought the things I do, or even simply to see that art can be a voice for those of us who struggle to verbalise our thoughts and emotions..it could be a really wonderful thing to someone struggling like I was before I unintentionally discovered the therapeutic benefits of Art. More than that, my art is my voice when I thought I didn’t have one, my escape when I need one and my joy anytime I like.

That’s why I share my personal artwork, because if it can help me, then it can help others too. Putting my confessional artwork out there, bearing my soul to the world, showing my raw honest truth is a scary thing..but if it resonates with just one person and helps them to find a way to cope with their struggles, then it was worth it.

‘Poetry Mind Map’
Mixed Media

Original Pencil/Black Fine Point Marker Pen Drawing
(Poetry and Image digitally merged )


‘The Matrix of my Brain’

‘The matrix of my brain,
Kaleidoscopes entwine,
Patterns surge through my mind,
Like an ever lasting wave,
Rushing up and down,
Constant motion in my mind,
Causes distortion and commotion,
Sea sickness all the time,
Will this constant motion refrain at anytime?
Will I ever be the same?
Do I want to ride this wave?
Do I want to fight this fight?
Do I have the strength or courage?
What if I’ve already lost my plight?’

Eleni NeoBenyon
2021

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