Self-portraits as therapy.
My distinctively dark and evocative self-depictions intimately reflect my ongoing struggles with mental health, in particular that of severe anxiety and depression. My fear of leaving home alone, often leaves me feeling increasingly isolated and alone. I am currently working on a new series ‘ A Bedtime Story’ the photographs are all created within the same, 2 by 1.5 meter space; my bed . I believe my bedroom to be the keeper of my trapped and often repressed emotions, my confinement to bed acting as a sign, a way of communicating my mental state. I once had, what felt like the luxury of creating work within the whole of my bedroom, but after my health worsened, bed is the only place in which I feel well enough to create. My life and art have become, inextricably entwined, to bury this mental state deep within would allow it to thrive, but through my use of photography as a form of therapy, I am offered a cathartic release.
With support I recently started attending art therapy sessions, where I often make props to use within my work; these act as signs, giving the viewer an intimate insight as to the images meaning and often allude to my mental state. I also hand colour my prints, with paint at these sessions. Hand colouring my work is a deeply cathartic experience, which allows me to add further layers of emotion, until the image is born, alluding to the tactile and sensory nature of my self -portraiture.
I enjoy exhibiting my work, notable exhibitions include ‘Space’ a young artist exhibition at TATE Liverpool, ‘Prescriptions’ at The Beaney Museum of Art and Knowledge and ‘Art of Identity’ at Dulwich Picture Gallery. My work also forms part of the University of Kent’s ‘Artist’s Books and the Medical Humanities’ Collection.
Current Exhibition: SHARP Galley ‘Natural Rhythms, Brixton London.