My work visually describes the effects that mental health and psychological conditions have on an individual. My practice reflects on own realities of living with trauma and mental illness and investigates the social obstructions and the loss of identity my illness presents.
Art has become a purposeful activity that requires a considerable amount of discipline. Each painting can take several weeks, allowing me to escape the stream of anxiety and negative thoughts that I’m plagued by. Once completed, I proceed to torture the subjects, skinning the canvas, or painting over and smearing them. This destructive stage represents my mental health and the veil it has held over me for so long. I blend realism and surrealism together in an attempt to visualise my inner struggle.
The making of art is therapeutic and defacing. Work allows me to release things held deep inside. The final stage is sharing the work publicly. I hope that through the audience’s engagement with the work, others will have a greater understanding of the impact of mental illness on individuals.
The overall goal is to challenge perceptions of mental illness, reduce stigma and start conversations about mental health.
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La Muerte Seductora
The Faceless Maiden
The Weight Of Silence