"I create mixed media women. They are my message to the world that it's ok to not be ok. There is no shame in Depression, ADHD, Autism, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety, PTSD, Eating disorders – and on and on and on.
In fact, we should be encouraged to be authentic and share our lives. And the more we talk about and show our reality - the more "normal" it becomes and the better we feel. That this stigma needs to be smashed!
Just like us, my girls are living in a world where society and social media play an enormous part in determining what is acceptable and what isn't. They are afraid of judgement and shame so they filter their lives, much like a social media filter. But they want to connect and be real, so on occasion they show the window to their soul to anyone who dares to look.
To the women with diagnoses, I want you to feel seen and understood. To know that whatever it is that you are not wanting to share, due to the fear of being judged, is common and not something to be ashamed of.
Through art I’d like to give you a small boost of bravery to help you share your authentic self and stand tall.
And to the others, who don’t identify with the struggle - take a moment and recognise the fact that mental health is something we need to talk about. To make NOT shameful. And to realize the magnitude of what judgement does to others"
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