Artist and Writer Corina Duyn shares her 'Little Wings' story: A creative journey through illness into a life of wellness and gratitude.
"I don’t want to rip the skies wide open, I just want my song to be heard." © Kris Delmhorst
Let me introduce myselfFirst of all, I would like to thank for bringing a visit to my 'Little Wings' website. It follows my journey as 'ME/CFS Artist and Writer Corina Duyn'. I tell you a little of how I got to where I am today. My creative story goes from the first rag doll made at the age of ten, over 4o years ago; to the Fantasy folk Artist Dolls inspired by the Irish landscape; to the art and writing exploring the internal landscape of illness.
Fantasy FolkGrowing up in Holland in a creative household I made my first rag doll at the age of ten. Many years later I studied nursing and social care work and moved to Lismore - Ireland in 1990. Here I became known for my clay based Artist Dolls under the name of Fantasy Folk. I was and still am very much inspired by the Irish landscape. These works are in private and corporate collections in Ireland, USA, Japan, Canada, Australia, and Holland. One of my last big commissions was for Waterford Crystal, to re-create the factory floor in miniature
A change of sceneryIn 1998 my health deteriorated rapidly, however my creative mind did not stop. It wouldn’t stop, even if I wanted it to. I started to make plasticine figures, drawings, collages and paintings about my new existence: living with the condition ME/CFS (see more about that further down on the page). A drawing of an egg brought me to the realisation that I was granted a chance of a new life. I also learned I could be ‘free’ on paper and express my deepest thoughts, fears, and desires through art, photography, and writing.
GratitudeTo my great surprise but with heart-felt gratitude, these works were the subject of several solo exhibitions, media attention, book publications and new friendships. My current identity as 'Artist and Writer Corina Duyn' came when I published my first book Hatched in 2006. November 2009 saw the arrival the Cirrus Chronicles. In 2011 Flying on Little Wings was published. Throughout I have been supported by friends and several bursaries. A year of Disability Studies became the catalyst to my latest writing and art project Into the Light, a book-in-a-box, published in 2015. This project was supported by The Rehab Group Visual and Performing Arts Fund 2014, and shortlisted for the CAP Prize for Independent Authors
New adventuresDuring 2015/16 I facilitated the 'Life Outside the Box' Puppet Making project with my fellow members of the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) which led to the Dis-ability ... This Ability exhibition. A new adventure, or simply the next logical step in my story of flying out on Little Wings...
From the start of 2017 I am writing a daily blog, where I hope function as your travel guide for travelling from illness to Wellness
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My deepest gratitude. Artist and Writer Corina Duyn
ME/CFS Artist Corina Duyn - The Illness story - which is ultimately linked with my creative story...In June 1998 I became ill with suspected meningitis. This, thank goodness, was not the case. After a few days in hospital, I was discharged without a clear diagnosis, other than ‘there is nothing wrong with you’. A few months later I was hospitalized for several weeks. This was the start of a now eighteen year long journey with ME/CFS, a condition clasified as a neurological illness, but as yet without a clear diagnostic test.
WellnessI have made great headway in terms of healing. After years of being mostly house-bound, many hospital stays, good times, and more challenging ones, I have regained a level of mobility, stamina, wellbeing, and independence. Art, writing, nature and stillness are my keys to creating a good life despite ME/CFS. Further physical recovery would of course be welcomed - my life would be good in a different way. See my 'writing' and 'creative mind' pages for more about my journey. Also:
- Fit to Fly DVD/Documentary (2003) - the brainchild of Irish artist David Begley. “In this documentary the artist Corina Duyn talks openly about her growth over the past years and how her journey - through ME, has informed her art making”.
- Listen to an interview with Bernadette and Stan Phillips on 'The World in View here
- If you'd like further information about ME/CFS, please visit my blog where there are several musing under the ME tag, like this one . There is also a page with Links to support groups.