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Oil on stretched canvas pastel detail and has a temporary frame with corner carving detail. Signed by artist on the back and will be sold with artists authentication certificate.


Size 108 x 75 x 2cm


Can supply professional frame at an extra cost.


A young girl holds a fish out of water, her memories float in bubbles around her. She has the inability to explain and recognize her emotions, a phenomenon known as alexithymia. Alexithymia is a lack of emotional awareness, or difficulty in identifying and describing feelings. It can be caused by trauma, neglect, or other mental health conditions such as autisum.


This painting is a powerful reminder of the invisible scars that trauma can leave. The girl in the painting is trapped in a world of her own, unable to connect with others or even understand her own emotions. The bubbles around her represent her memories, which float around her. She is holding on to the fish, but it is clear that she does not know what to do with it.


This painting is a moving and thought-provoking piece of art. It is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever experienced trauma or difficulty with emotional expression.


Sara Jane Boyle is an oil painter and a Derbyshire artist who paints and journals about generational trauma and its consequences.


Currently available to view at BANKS MILL OPEN STUDIOS, the painting can be located on the third floor. 



Alexithymia - Derbyshire Artist Oil Painter

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