Appreciating the art around you is a great way to uplift the soul. For many artists, it is a vehicle to release their inner self through creativity. A painting, mural or drawing can tell you a story and touch your emotions. Dreams in Heels would like to spotlight one such artist who achieves both: Floy Ealy Edjole.
The power of Floy’s creativity lies in her ability to channel pure human emotion into color. Her technique is unique since she uses untraditional tools (window squeegee, spatulas, recycled plastic wrap for texture, industrial steel wire brushes to imprint lines) to blend colors and create textures that bring such vibrancy to her original abstract work. Not only is her work fascinating, but it’s the story behind it that is especially moving.
In 2008, an ear infection affected Floy’s balance and equilibrium. From that moment on, art became pivotal in her life: painting became her therapeutic outlet and the medium brought about a remarkable recovery! All of her pent-up emotions and feelings – all the anger and inner turmoil that she was secretly feeling – found their way onto the canvas and helped her to ward off depression.
Later, the color, lines and movement in Floy Ealy Edjole abstract artworks became a manifestation of the pain, hurt and anger that she felt during the illness and loss of her mother. Putting paint on the canvas became part of the healing process and, eventually, that energy and passion helped her to come through such a painful time – it’s evident in every piece. There’s sadness, yes, but also a resiliency and a joyful spirit of hope.
Floy is an inspiration for many people. Having experienced many tragic moments in her life, the most important part is that she got up after she fell. Her work transmits the magic of her imagination and portrays the deep love that she has for her mother – and for life. And we are the better for experiencing and appreciating it. Just further proof that Art really can uplift the soul!