Art Around the Globe
Tiger, Shark and Me Sit Down for Tea, 2017 by Emma Haddow
“I've struggled with anxiety and depression since I was a teenager. There have been times it crippled me, and I was afraid of everything. I started to face my fears my demons head-on and I still do. It’s scary in the dark but what’s more scary to me is denying and suppressing what lurks beneath the surface. My mental health is good these days. My dark days are still here but I no longer turn them away”
our intern for the upcoming Emerge 8 exhibition:
In conjunction with our next EMERGE 8: VOICE exhibition’s theme the artworks that will be featured for my Art Around the Globe will focus more on works that relate to our project’s objective: raising awareness in voicing out problems that resonate with you our audience.
This watercolour painting was one of the many artworks submitted into a project launched in the UK named The Perspective Project (@perspectiveartproject)
that hosts art, poetry and writing with the aim of ending stigma and providing an outlet for those with mental health problems. Haddow uses her love for storytelling and their imagery to produce art that touches on sensitive personal topics such as anxiety and depression. With knowledge that both a shark and tiger are considered to be scary creatures – this can be similar to how scary mental health issues can be. The artwork has shown a visual depiction of how it is nearly impossible to completely cure mental health issues but rather than trying to push them away it is better to just embrace and accept them as part of ourselves and move on. Monochromatic colours were used as the background to represent her “dark days” that still lurk around within her however she made the entire painting look very friendly as if like she is trying to tell a friendly story towards children with a hidden message.
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