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From pain to paint: One woman tells the story of an abusive relationship

Jyi-Wu believes that through painting, she is able to heal from the hurt that her past relationship has caused. — Picture by Azneal Ishak
Jyi-Wu believes that through painting, she is able to heal from the hurt that her past relationship has caused. — Picture by Azneal Ishak

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 12 — Artist Jyi-Wu never thought of her previous relationship as abusive, but after two years of threats, fear and anxiety, she finally summoned up the strength to put an end to it.

Then, she decided to tell her experience in a way she knows best: in paint.

She said her hundreds of art pieces are a reflection of her turmoil during those dark and emotionally draining moments that scarred her mind, even if not her body.

“I had to call a spade a spade, the person I was in a relationship with would stalk me, harass me and threaten to kill me and himself,” said Jyi-Wu at the launch of her exhibition in Sunway Velocity Mall today.

“For two years I endured the mental anguish, I did not know it was abuse until I garnered the strength to speak about it to my friends and family.”

Some 30 pieces of art were displayed in the exhibition; most of her art consist of water-coloured portraits of women while others are abstract pieces that she said portrays confusion. — Picture by Azneal Ishak
Some 30 pieces of art were displayed in the exhibition; most of her art consist of water-coloured portraits of women while others are abstract pieces that she said portrays confusion. — Picture by Azneal Ishak

The 35-year-old says she is now free from the abuse and hopes to raise awareness for others who may be situations similar to hers.

“It takes a lot of courage, I wouldn’t have been able to if it weren’t for the support I got from friends and family… support is extremely important,” said Jyi-Wu.

“For those who feel like they are oppressed or abused, I want them to know there is a way out and there are people who are willing to help.”

Formally trained as a fashion designer, she only started painting in the last two years.

Her exhibition is on until January 17 and the paintings are for sale. 

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