Monday 13 October 2014

Nuntia: Exploring Dysautonomia Through the Arts for Dysautonomia Awareness Month 2014

Getting back into the schedule for Exploring Dysautonomia Through The Arts after an ED hiccup that set the schedule back. Today is Nuntia, whose beautiful and vibrant pictures depict her life with ME, Fibromyalgia and Dysautonomia. I really love her bottom picture Broken Wing, something about it really resonates with me.

My artistic name is Nuntia. It means 'messenger' in Latin. Art to me is primarily communication so in a sense I feel like I am a messenger. I held my first solo exhibition in June 2014. It was autobiographical and alongside twenty self-portraits I exhibited ten poems in my mother tongue which is Maltese. I have suffered from ME and fibromyalgia for twenty years and in the last twelve years I have also developed dysautonomia. When my health permits I paint. I am currently working on my second collection of works. This painting is called Jailbird. It is acrylics on canvas and is one of a series of self-portraits I painted for my first solo autobiographical exhibition which was held last June. It depicts me looking out from my bedroom window, yearning to be outside but stuck inside for the nth time!

This drawing is called Broken Wing and it's pastel on paper. In it I tried to express the broken feeling I get because of my debilitating illness especially when I'd like to fly and instead I have to crawl.

Remember to head on over here to donate to my Clicking My Heels For Dysautonomia, raising money for the Greg Page Fund for Orthostatic Intolerance and Dysautonomia research, at The Baker IDI. Thanks to the generosity of many we've already raised over $3,200, keep donating and hopefully we can reach $10,000.


  1. Hi michelle,

    I just wanted to say that I have been enjoying all the artists' contributions. I especially love the painting of the woman looking out through the window. Some days looking outside saves me, a little more. I do wish I could participate fully in the life I see passing by my window. But somedays just looking at it helps. Better than pulling down all the blinds and living in gloomy twighlight all the time -- I've been there a number of times and it's a sign of the depression I feel. Although there are but to close myself off as much as possible from the outside world, those days when I have no choice due to sensitivity to light, noise and migraine etc. I know all people who have experienced dys would understand.

    Thank you putting up their artworks (music, poems, paintings etc). And thanks to the artists who have expressed so well so much that I feel and experience


  2. I forgot to say that "Broken Wing" is wonderful. I guess it's my favourite so far of all the artworks. I too would love to fly but sometimes have to crawl.



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