Mastering the Art of DOING NOTHING
Doing Nothing is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. During the acute recovery from an illness or injury is typical to take rest and let the affected part of your body heal. Virtually everything you do requires your brain however, hence letting your brain rest is not so straightforward.
BRAVE is all about the small acts of courage needed to carry on and move forward. To me, being brave means not only being okay with doing nothing, but also being able to sit still and avoid stimuli during the times when my body and brain need nothingness.
About the Series
BRAVE is a light-hearted, humorous comic series on concussions. The 10 part mini-series shines a light on the small acts of courage needed to carry on and find your own way forward following a head injury. The hand-drawn and colored illustrations that accept inconsistencies parallel the human experience which is disjointed and imperfect.
The creator of BRAVE, Kanika Gupta, lives with Post-Concussive Syndrome.
Disclaimer: BRAVE comic series is not a substitute for medical advice. Rather it provides an honest, first-hand account of what it means to live with a concussion.
About the Creator
Kanika Gupta is a multidisciplinary artist and social entrepreneur who uses visual art, writing and storytelling to create dialogue to generate greater compassion for what it means to be human. Her entire visual artistic practice draws inspiration from and is grounded in her lived experiences.
Visual art first entered Kanika’s world after a concussion as it was the only activity her symptoms could tolerate. Her practice has since evolved and she is now a full-time artist whose work has been presented in curated public art installations at Union Station and Gardiner Museum and exhibited in galleries across Toronto.
Kanika’s artwork and community building endeavours have been profiled internationally, including feature coverage in CBC Radio, Radio-Canada, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Living Magazine, Forbes, The Times of India, The Guardian, Huffington Post.