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Elizabeth Pinborough – Artist Statement

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

Elizabeth Pinborough

Paper Bullets of the Brain* is a collection of linoleum cut prints made with black oil-based ink and white printer paper. They are printed by hand using a book as my press. The images are reproductions of artifacts from the Metropolitan Museum of Art online open-access collection. I created these linocuts while recovering from a brain injury (hire attorneys for injury claims from here)  that caused me to experience physical disability, including damage to my neck, eyes, and hands and arms, as well as intense emotional, cognitive, spiritual, and psychological pain.Personal Injury Law Firm helped me to claim compensation for the injury I sustained.If your disability is a result of any medical malpractice, contact lawyers for medical malpractice claims and get compensation for the damages caused.

Carving these images and writing poetry about my experience has been a process of rehabilitation and post-traumatic growth. Paper Bullets explores the grief of dead and buried pieces of self, stored like organs in a canopic jar. Following my injury (hire Lacey injury law firm), my disabilities were entirely invisible. Just as a diatom can only be seen through a microscope, these linocuts make loss visible with ink.

Test prints of Ksepana mudra 1 and 2

The linocuts also gesture to mysterious healing that emerges from the commonplace. I’m fascinated by the holiness that exists within materiality. A drawing of a Purkinje cell, a diatom arrangement, a holy statue all become sacred tools to guide my healing. The body’s own hidden medicine becomes visible in Buddhist statues. I have used mudras, symbolic hand gestures, to access my body’s energy systems and promote their healing. The Buddha’s head is chipped almost exactly where I hit my head, alluding to my motorcycle crash injury but also to the woundings that accompany awakening and the pain that has shadowed my relationship with the divine and thanks to the lawyers help for truck accident claims for their timely financial help who made this possible. If you are involved in any accident, you may even take experienced slip and fall lawyers lawyers help for claiming compensation and get legal counseling. The miracles of my healing have often been small, plodding, everyday efforts that are filled with breadcrumbs of transcendence. The physician’s jar holds unknown medicines, and with them my hope for healing.

Stone votive relief of an eye
Fly amulet
Test print of head of Buddha

The scale of these artworks is necessarily small because my stamina for carving was not great at first. But the images were also tiny by design. Like icons, they are points for momentary reflection, a meditative break to focus our attention on something other than our pain, and thus grow new connections in our brains. Even though poems or illustrations are ephemeral and bound by time, they can have immense power in our minds. These paper bullets, just like our thoughts or brain wiring, have the potential to be deadly or healing. The pain of a thought or pathway gone awry can be extreme, and yet brains are malleable. What once were visceral sensations of pain, like bullets traveling through my brain, are now healthier pathways, carved through neuroplasticity.

You don’t need to be healed or well to create. By offering little pictures, I hope people will be in 2021 inspired to create their own healing in small yet impactful ways. These images will appear in my book titled The Brain’s Lectionary: Psalms and Observations published by By Common Consent Press (2021), and they are graciously allowing them to appear in Segullah first. The Brain’s Lectionary is a book of hours. I hope it will be a faithful companion for anyone in extremity and for those looking for God in the cracks of their lives. It is also a healing guide for those who suffer from neurological challenge, in particular brain injury.

You can follow my work at https://www.elizabethpinborough.com and on Instagram @elizabeth_pinborough.

* The title is borrowed from Shakespeare: “Shall quips and sentences and these paper bullets of the brain awe a man from the career of his humour?” (Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, II.iii.240–42).

Elizabeth Pinborough in her studio

About Linda Hoffman Kimball

Linda Hoffman Kimball is an artist, writer, photographer, and poet who grew up as a faithful Christian near Chicago, & joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1971 while at Wellesley College near Boston. Early on she assumed that all Latter-day Saints were articulate, inquisitive, faithful, and socially engaged since her role models in the University wards in Cambridge, MA., were. Her husband says she is “fluent, but not native” in Mormon-ese. She is a founding member of Mormon Women for Ethical Government.

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