As someone living with anxiety disorder, the symptoms for which I have experienced, as well as the coping mechanisms that I have practiced, all influenced the paintings displayed within this exhibition. The imagery includes a variety of emotional expressions felt during moments of sporadic fear and happiness, vibrant geometric patterns serving therapeutic purposes, and subtle medication symbolism. Collectively these images provide a visual inwardness into the realm of mental health by creating a chronicle of the internal and external disturbances experienced by an individual, only to be alleviated by the act of artmaking. As a painter, I experience emotional relief through creating compositions that rely on the layering process of paint solidarity. Each fragmented work bound together by tape lines represent the organized chaos that is the hyper-sensory perception of panic. My focus also revolves around the deliberation as to how academic art and therapeutic art co-function in order to convey a personal message harboring creative expression therefore extinguishing the stigma that is public display of distress; if compassion or rejection is projected at the individual. The exhibited work is open to free-interpretation concerning the viewer’s reaction (whether it be stress- inducing or comforting in a relatable sense).
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