Hope peaces are art works created specifically to convey hope & peace. Hope peaces are donated or proceeds from the sales are donated to charitable organizations.
Emphasis is often placed on the symptoms and consequences of mental illness instead of the many conditions that cause mental illness. I photographed the back of my sister’s head during a 72 hour EEG. I chose to capture the image of the back of her head, a view which many mental illness victors themselves rarely see; because they are “in it”. This image also represents what many families endure; and what many (socially and emotionally) fail to see—what happens behind the scenes of those impacted by mental illness. A careless driver injured my little sister. Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) symptoms are the result. Neuronal damage from mTBI can manifest into multiple illnesses. PTSD, anxiety, depression, ideation, and epilepsy are now illnesses that my little sister endures; in high school. My goal is to highlight the imperceptible nature of the causes of mental illness—down to the cellular mechanisms. I hope that this piece will give clarity to the fact that when the brain is injured due to accident or illness; it is a medical condition requiring treatment. Mental illness is not a behavioral choice.
Right: Triumphant Peace
The Art of Hope by The Alabama Chapter of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
"A special thank you to everyone who checked out the #HopePeaces at the Birmingham Art Crawl. 50% of the proceeds for each item will be donated!"
Mixed Media, Book Art.
I've been inspired by paper cranes since I read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes in elementary school. I wanted to make an #artpeace that conveys hope and peace for the Art of Hope, an art show by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.