Something to Blame by Katherine Van der Ploeg

Something to Blame by Katherine Van der Ploeg

When looking at art that has the theme of mental illness or mental awareness I find that a lot of them portray mental illness as being something that’s abstract and really not to the point. As much as I understand the message they are trying to portray I think that it is completely the wrong approach to making people understand what mental illness is, or what it feels like. If you make something that is hard to understand, then no one will be able to understand it. So, I attempted to approach the issue in a much simpler light. I tried to create something that sticks in your head and haunts you (much like mental illness does). Although the image itself its fairly basic with flat colours and a slightly comical design, the abstract message within it is that everyone can understand the picture and it will always mean something different depending on the individual. This image can be appreciated by EVERYONE. Not just people who have a taste for art. That is the audience that has to be reached because mental illness, anxiety, addiction and self doubt happens to everyone. We need to see that it doesn’t have to be this big complicated scary thing, it is simply that demon inside of our heads.

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