Caitilin Punshon

Caitilin Punshon
Caitilin Punshon

After more than 20 years with a debilitating chronic illness, I'm still trying to find ways to live well. I strive to make meaning from my experiences but it doesn't always work. Visual art fascinates me and I also like playing with words. I'm curious about how people see the world, the marks we make and the stories we tell.

After more than 20 years with a debilitating chronic illness, I'm still trying to find ways to live well. I strive to make meaning from my experiences but it doesn't always work.

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The twisty limbs and spiky green leaves of a joshua tree.
Joshua Tree National Park

The joshua tree is bizarre but charming.

I once spent a morning exploring Joshua Tree National Park in the U.S. The park is east of Los Angeles in California. It is famous for its rock formations. It has many unusual plants and animals too. I travelled through the park in a Hummer car. The park is an amazing place. I saw the strange and charming Joshua trees. The landscape was extraordinary. My tour guide kept getting my name wrong. But I didn't mind. He took a photo of me leaning against a rock. I remember my desert adventure whenever I look at that photo.
2 comments - last comment on 31/05/2012
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A photo of Rene Magritte in a suit in front of a framed picture of a bodyless suit and bowler hat.
renemagritte

Magritte was a renowed surrealist artist.

I like to visit the One Surrealist a Day website. This website has one surrealist artwork every day. Surrealist art tries to show things as they are felt or even dreamt by people. Bodies are painted and drawn in weird but wonderful ways. Eyes are too big and sometimes heads are replaced by balloons or fish. The pictures may seem strange and mysterious. But they may be trying to show how people feel in their lives. Surrealist pictures help us appreciate ourselves and the world.
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A man and a woman sitting in a laneway laughing and smiling. The back wall has bright colourful graffiti.
wheelchair_coffee_with_partner

We make each other laugh and smile.

I have been thinking about the word make . We make friends. We make cakes. We make music. We make people laugh or smile. Sometimes I think about all the things I can't do. There are days when it is hard to get out of bed. I think about all the mistakes I make. But this year I don't want to worry about all the things I can't do. I want to think about all the things I can do. What about you? What do you want to do this year? Can you make this year magnificient?
5 comments - last comment on 03/02/2012

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