Mental illness is still grossly misunderstood in today’s world. And only when someone translates it into a strong message or work of art does one realize the magnitude of the problem.
Society and the media are rife with stereotypes associated with mental illness and we are doing close to nothing to correct this perception. This artist, however, has taken it upon herself to make a statement about schizophrenia through her own experiences.
18-year-old Kate is an artist who was finally diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 17 after suffering from it for years. She sometimes illustrates her hallucinations to deal with her episodes and draw attention to her condition. These are some of her drawings and the explanation behind them. Some of these chilling images reveal how much a person with a mental disorder really suffers.
“I draw a lot of my hallucinations as drawing helps me deal with it”
“In my hallucinations, I hear voices, sound effects, random noises, and I often see bugs, faces, and disembodied eyes”
“I hallucinate bugs quite often, and my depression makes me feel worthless like a fly. These bug illustrations represent my illness”
“This one crawls out of the vent in my ceiling and makes clicking noises, or I’ll see it crawl out from underneath things”
“This is a self-portrait. I looked in the mirror and my eyes did this thing. I painted it”
“I have a lot of intense emotions and hear voices telling me to light things on fire”
“Here is an example of the disembodied eyes I see. They surface in a mounds or masses on my walls or floors. They warp and move.”
“This is Birdie, she sings to me”
“My self-esteem is at its lowest, and I feel insignificant. I always wish I could shapeshift into a “prettier” person”
“What eyes sometimes look like, with more of those odd colors and circles”
“Organization, communication, paranoia, depression, anxiety, and managing my emotions are the biggest struggles for me”
All images are the property of Kate Fenner. Find more of her work here.
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