The experience of the human body is the only true first hand experience we know. Because there is no distinct point of reference, we often overlook and under acknowledge said experience. The way we feel in the body determines, as well as reflects our experience of life. These paintings depict the tension and confinement I was feeling at this particular time in my life- The hyper awareness of self, and also more particularly, the formation and/or discovery of the distinction between mind and body as separate entities. The negative and positive effects of this realization depend on the unification or alienation of these separately classified elements of human existence.