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The Weight of Memory

by Emerald Barkley

The Weight of Memory is an original watercolor skull painting by Emerald Barkley about the quiet and suffocating nature of anxiety.

I often think about my anxiety in terms of birds and feathers – quick, fluttering, quietly suffocating. A thunderous whisper in my heart and in my throat, and an overlay to any experience.

A good trick that I have learned is to ground myself in the present moment with my senses. What am I seeing, smelling, feeling, tasting, hearing?

Even as I ground, two feet firmly present in the sense of now, there is a memory of a throat full of feathers.


The Weight of Memory is  9.5″ x 12″ original watercolor and ink painting on Arches hot-pressed paper.
This piece will ship unframed.


More originals on EDO:

Quiet: https://everydayoriginal.com/product/quiet-2/
These Slow Moments, They Writhe: https://everydayoriginal.com/product/these-slow-moments-they-writhe/
These Teeth That Gnash: https://everydayoriginal.com/product/these-teeth-that-gnash/

Other ways to collect my work:

Originals: https://www.emeraldbarkley.com/shop/original-artwork
Prints: https://www.emeraldbarkley.com/shop/prints
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/emeraldbarkley

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Emerald Barkley is a watercolor and mixed media artist from Northern California. Emerald uses a colorful palette and personal symbolism drawn from the natural world to create work about mindfulness, ego, and mental health.
They enjoy hiking and peach cobbler.