Me, myself and I. My practice defined in one simple sentence. I have always used myself at the core of my practice, I use art as a way to unpack and understand past and current issues within my life. It was always easier to bury my problems instead of trying to heal from them. A lot of my work stems from depression and anxiety, how living with these mental illnesses affect how I view myself and my body. I use social media A LOT, probably as a tool of distraction, but it has also fuelled the fire with endless images of the ‘ideal body’.
‘SAFER IN MY SKIN’ is a series of digitally illustrated works of my body in natural poses, showcasing what social media doesn’t usually see. Replicating skin tones, but in a paler, softer shades of pink, manifesting a sense of femininity, but also a sense of defencelessness. Naked and unashamed.
The process of creating this series has allowed me to process and come to love my body, even if it is not deemed ‘socially perfect’. I want my work to create a conversation amongst females, to allow for a bigger debate around body positivity and mental health.
The triptych exhibited is constructed as though it was a before and after, without the after. Front, side and back view, no hands, feet or facial features. Just a selection of tattoos I have adorned on my skin that reflect emotions that I feel towards the body I am in.