My next series will be ceramic figures illustrating mental illnesses in reaction to our government deleting their support web pages concerning mental illness. When someone declares they have a mental illness many people respond negatively or with little respect. Many people think that mental illness is something that people just need to get over. They don’t see or understand the fact that it can be a lifetime struggle and is nothing to be ashamed of. I want to create works that show the struggle and the means to fight it through acceptance, demonstrification and mindfulness.
I was inspired by this amazing artist Toby Allen who says this about his work
“The project originated from imagining my own anxieties as monsters and finding it to be a cathartic and healing process to draw them,” Allen told The Huffington Post. “It made them feel weaker and I was able to look at my own anxiety in a comical way.”
I’m doing a political artwork for the First 100 Days Art Show. I need folks who are or are descendants of refugees or immigrants to send me photos of themselves or family members. Please email me the photo and a one sentence quote about the person in the photos views on politics and or immigration.
There are so many great opportunities for art making and inspirational experiences out there. After my search, I found these amazing artist calls and contests to get involved in in the Houston area:
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/first-100-days-artists-respond-to-the-donald-trump-presidency-300403914.html (First 100 Days Art Show Call)