Through my work, I begin the journey towards bringing awareness of the diagnostic process of mental illness. I aim to provoke discussion of the political, emotional and physical implications of the diagnoses that exist in mental health.
As an artist and therapist, my desire is to also create a holding space for the traumatic events, extreme stories, and emotions that people endure.
For the past 12 years, I have worked closely with patients diagnosed as mentally ill. The very thought of being in a locked down psychiatric ward might strike some as mysterious, secretive and maybe even frightful. I seek to demystify the stigma surrounding mental illness and explore feelings resulting from the stories that patients have locked away.
I am less interested in the figurative depiction of events than gut-wrenching experiences buried in the subconscious. As a therapist I dive deeply into my patients traumas as they recall their lives. I use the emotional impact of these events and release them onto the surface of my canvas or paper , gliding my brushes or pastels as one would in a Milonga, to transform what is internal to what is visual. Pastels and oil paints are the materials which best allow me to flow and construct the complex layers that result from hearing stories of depression, physical/ sexual abuse, suicide and victories.