The art of grief
BY TARA SMITH
“Sad lady art” is the term Jessica Valentin uses to describe her work; one she embraces with a smile. She’s always tried to make sense of her grief in a light hearted way, using the hashtag #sadladyproblems following the death of her husband, Darren, in 2015. The loss came after Darren’s hard-fought battle with brain cancer, Valentin explained. But she was no stranger to grief: she had been widowed twice by the time she turned 37.
Try as she might, those themes of heartache and loss remain constant in her colorful graphic art. “I lost a husband in my twenties and in my thirties,” Valentin says, softly. “A lot of what I do is influenced by my grief, and working through it, but also trying to make something colorful and beautiful out of that pain.”