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This piece is about mental illness, and how it can leave you feeling constantly suffocated. Every day is a struggle when living with a mental illness, and it can feel as though your whole being is consumed by it. It has power over you, and it drains you to a point where you eventually surrender to its control. I chose to use a mimic octopus to represent it due to the unsettling size of the creature and its limbs, as well as its threatening patterns. This piece speaks of my own experience with uncertainty, when I had began to really come to terms with how bad my depression had felt during the pandemic. I also suffer from ADHD and came to realize this at that time as well; I realized just how much control it had over me throughout my whole entire life.
Painting, Watercolor, Mixed Media, Mental Illness, Depression, Power, Control
Phillips, Alyssa, "Suffocation" (2023). HCOM 434: Creative Publishing and Critical Storytelling, Spring 2023. 21.