Turning visual auras into art helps transform my migraine experience

My vision becomes warped and speckled, filled with colorful fireworks. “No, not again,” I think when I realize that this strange, dizzy feeling and these visual auras are the beginning of another Migraine attack.

Once the visual auras hit, I quickly retreat to a dark room as the light around me starts to ache. Seconds after that my head starts pounding with excruciating pain. I close my eyes and try to concentrate on the images and the colors of that beautiful aura that foreshadowed the pain. I concentrate on the images so hard that my only desire when the pain finally lifts is to draw.

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Rafael Montilla Art, kubes in action installation, Miami, FL

This is where my therapy begins – visual auras and pain in a dark room. It culminates when I finish translating the annoying Migraine attack into a shareable, physical work of art. I have been using my visual auras for artistic inspiration for more than eight years now. As a visual artist, it seems only natural for me to transform my Migraine into art. The process of creation that transforms my visual aura into a work of art acts as a kind of therapy and helps me to see the positive part of living with my condition.

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Rafael Montilla Art, Migraine Aura in Times Square


 

To see more of my work, check out my website 

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at RafaelMontillaArt.com.

Comments? Do you experience visual auras? Does this art resonate with your own experience?

All images courtesy of Rafael Montilla. Published with Permission.

 


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