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Exhausted and still in pain

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I will tell my story from the three worlds in which I have spent my life.
I am a visual artist and therefore I illustrated this essay with images of artworks of colleagues and of myself.
I'm a psychotherapist, and that’s why I'm seeing pain as something that is both physical and psychological, always in interaction with each other.
I was also confronted with pain through the birth and death of my firstborn child. How we think about the end of life and being born a lot of things run in parallel. These three different worlds are connected through my life. This essay is a first attempt to connect them to the outside world as well. I invite you to look with me at art and life, in bloom and decay, like roses. When, in 1998, our centre for psychotherapy celebrated its 25th anniversary we chose 'Scars' as the theme of our symposium. For the invitation, we used the second photo of series I made for an exhibition with children of the then heavily polluted and industrial Willebroek. T…