Don't Weight

artist statement

Destigmatizing mental health is important to me because it affects my life on a daily basis and has affected my entire life.  Poor mental health has gone suppressed for generations, but it’s finally starting to be deliberated.  The longer someone waits to address their poor mental health, the stronger their thoughts act as a weight against their fight for a breath.  This piece adds to the conversation and even helps normalize it by bringing a common and uncomfortable fear to the discussion: drowning.  Mental illnesses affect everyone differently; however, among myself and the people I know is the shared sensation of feeling like we are underwater when dealing with our mental health disorders.  My piece uses large prints, strong contrast, and the ripples from the projector to create an immersive experience for the viewer to consider the effects of mental illness regardless of the state of their personal mental well-being.