What is anxiety? How do you cope with it?
Anxiety is something that I live with since I can remember. It shifts from existential to perfectionism and it influences many aspects of my life. Throughout the years, I studied and read many books about anxiety in order to understand better myself and help others. I understood that I could not get rid of it, so I decided to be her friend and understand every part of it so that I am in control . These existential waves come and go. Anxiety, unfortunately, is extremely common and it affects 1 in 6 people in the UK and numbers are going up. As of 2020, the world is currently going through something unprecedented, more and more people are suffering from anxiety, stress, depression as well as a worsening on their mental health more broadly. My point of view is the increased anxiety as well as healing. This piece is an emotional response and representation of anxiety, in an abstract key.
I represented anxiety in form of waves, they come and go. I chose colours based on colours symbolism and colour psychology. The gold is always present as a reminder of hope, prosperity and beauty within. There is darkness, but there is always a way out of it. I also used iridescent acrylics encouraging the viewer to explore the many shades.
I double coated the painting with epoxy resin; a luxurious and sophisticated element.
High quality iridescent acrylics finished with epoxy resin on stretched canvas. I mix my own colours. Iridescent acrylics change their tone according to the light that they are exposed to. This feature makes colours pop and never dull.
10% of sale goes to Women's Trust ; a specialist mental health charity, providing free counselling and therapy for women who have experienced domestic abuse.
Lyrics written by Alessia Camoirano Bruges:
I clinically know
Why I feel so low why the emptiness for now
But I want to feel
that there is something inside of me
that claims a purpose in my life.
I keep wondering
how many people
die without knowing
what were they standing for ?
breathing in breathing out
stability is an infinite fantasy
shattered when past and future
knock at my present
disruption is not destruction.
What do you feel
inside your chest
when no one is looking
and you lie wide awake?