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Author Archives: enykamp

Borderlands

I consider my paintings to be a form of visual prayer, and as I quiet myself in my studio, my heart longs for peace at our borders where today there are still hundreds of undocumented migrant children separated from their parents. I can’t stop thinking about it.  Perhaps this is a good thing.  I think […]

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Living up to my potential

  Today I spent a good portion of the day painting.  It has been a while since I posted anything on my blog, mainly because if I am honest, I often feel like I am not living up to my potential as an artist. I don’t have the hunger to strive for greater and greater […]

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Live Out Your Time as Foreigners

“I’m all alone because all my friends have died.  I’m not doing anything because I don’t have anyone to do them with anymore.  I’m just waiting to die.” I have a variation of this conversation every few weeks with my grandfather each time I come to visit him at my parent’s home, where he has […]

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Surfacing

I am 41 years old, and am starting to know who I am.  I think a lot of people don’t need to think about this to find strength for their lives, because life is busy and full of the daily tasks of surviving day-to-day.  But I lost three jobs in three years, jobs which I […]

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Acceptance

Tonight I realized that I am beginning the long journey back to being an artist. A lot has happened since I started this blog a number of years ago. A patient tried to kill me in the psychiatric hospital I was working in, which led me to a lengthy decline into a period of depression […]

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Adam’s Fall

Adam’s Fall This piece was created shortly after I began working as a social worker at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. Working on an inpatient unit, I was in a place where I witnessed the harsh reality of the intense ways that mental illness ravaged the minds of those people whose illness is the […]

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