Mental Health

Client

Personal

Date

2018

Categories

Illustration | Moving Image

This was a personal project in which I aimed to create a body of work that embodied mental health, in particular depression and anxiety. The project ran alongside and heavily related to my Dissertation topic: Art & Mental Health: Exploring the Educational and Therapeutic Applications of Visual Imagery. 

Concept

I explored a variety of different approaches including abstract photography, film, painting, drawing, mark-making and collage. I wanted to find a way to capture my own experience of mental health and find a way to visually represent it. My aim was that it might resonate with my audience in some way, whatever way that might be, and allow them to consider their own well being.

Concept

I explored a variety of different approaches including abstract photography, film, painting, drawing, mark-making and collage. I wanted to find a way to capture my own experience of mental health and find a way to visually represent it. My aim was that it might resonate with my audience in some way, whatever way that might be, and allow them to consider their own well being.

Outcome

Often my personal projects don’t have an intended outcome, instead it is more about the journey and the processes that I explore, so the outcome becomes a body of work and a better understanding of the subject studied. I find it interesting what reaction people have to my work, art is incredibly subjective and I don’t think that there should be a right or a wrong way for people to react. Some design is done in order to create a specific response, whilst other times it could be more open. Something I found interesting about this project was a response to one of my films. One viewer commented that it made them feel calmer and at peace, the opposite to the feelings that inspired it.

Outcome

Often my personal projects don’t have an intended outcome, instead it is more about the journey and the processes that I explore, so the outcome becomes a body of work and a better understanding of the subject studied. I find it interesting what reaction people have to my work, art is incredibly subjective and I don’t think that there should be a right or a wrong way for people to react. Some design is done in order to create a specific response, whilst other times it could be more open. Something I found interesting about this project was a response to one of my films. One viewer commented that it made them feel calmer and at peace, the opposite to the feelings that inspired it.