A Language of Pain: Visual Mark-Making and Blackout Poetry

Niamh McConaghy

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This article unpacks how a combination of literary and visual arts-based methods may help to communicate the subjective experience of chronic pain. Referencing the exhibition, The Visualisation of Pain, it explores how a more comprehensive and accessible understanding of the psychosocial side of pain experience, within personal and social contexts may be achieved. This combination of arts-based methods has not yet been explored, either sparsely or extensively within arts and health research, in specific relation to chronic pain communication and understanding.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPolyphony: Journal of the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 25 Jan 2020


  • visual art
  • poetry
  • language
  • chronic pain
  • pain communication


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