The Voices In My Head Are My Constant Companions
This was the first painting I created for my gallery show at W&J college. The influence for the painting was the dark, scary & surreal feelings that someone suffering from schizophrenia experiences. The man in the painting is a representation of the "voices" in the mind of the psychiatric patient. His skin is sore, his lips in a sneer and is posed upfront of a creepy stone background. The painting is not meant to be degrading to those who do suffer from a mental illness but is instead supposed to shed light on what someone with an this particular disease experiences. My goal with this piece is to pull the reality that schizophrenia patients deal with from the depths and push them into the open for all to see. When viewers examine my piece I hope they walk away with a deeper understanding of what others struggle with and what they eventually have to overcome.