Shame, 2020


7″ x 5″
ink pen on bristol paper


Shameful Art Made for Melancholics by a Melancholic

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Shameful art consumes you like a big blanket. It is suffocating. It wraps and holds you tight against it’s chest, it’s black beating, bleeding heart.

Most people with mental illnesses suffer from feelings of shame. There are two layers to this – one may just be a part of your diagnoses, while the other is a part of how society shuns you. We live in a shameful culture that affects us all. If you do not abide but the inherent social structures and rules, then you are cast aside and ridiculed. Shameful art portrays this where shame’s large open arms scoop up the psyche of its victims. The survivor within this piece begins to fall apart, then each of its masks disintegrates into nothingness.

Mentally Ill Art illustrates the unraveling of a mind and the lead-up to it’s breakdown. It is not for the light of heart, but for those who have struggled. One who is in the throws of mental illness is caged within their lack of control. Therefore, their moods and perceptions overwhelm their behaviors. In effect, no one sees the person when the illness takes center-stage, bowing as it twirls and nosedives the survivor’s entire life into chaos and destruction. Psychiatric facilities are operating at full capacity as suicidal thoughts are sweeping over humanity. Fear riddles patients who scream and laugh and weep. By visualizing our neurotic symptoms through surreal expressionism, we come to face them. When facing them, we begin a conversation. This conversation leads to healing.

This collection was drawn with Winsor & Newton ink pens on bristol paper. All ink drawings are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

SHIPPING: To ensure protection, drawings are placed in a sleeve. Framed artwork is bubble-wrapped and boxed, unframed artwork is placed in a travel-safe envelope. A week following the purchase date, orders will be shipped.


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