“Don’t let your struggle become your identity”
Mental illness is one of the biggest issues facing our modernising society, especially in young men. A fear to openly discuss these concerns in the past has led to a socialised stigma, whose effect we are only truly realising now. These pieces of work are motivated by such a topic. My choice to disregard the facial features is purely conceptual, as these issues can affect everyone, it was only suitable for me to do this. Juxtaposing the male figure alongside a traditionally female symbol in a butterfly. I explored the notion of one’s identity and the facades that we can often portray that contradict our true character.
This artwork is born from my passion towards self-care. Having always felt strongly about the topics of mental health and wellbeing as well as understanding one’s identity. Here at SGS we have always celebrated the individual, having a diverse student base, not only culturally but also emotionally. As part of this artwork, I have tried to recognise and celebrate this. The multi-coloured butterfly and extending colours represent the emblem of a local charity, Where there’s a will. – who aim to improve the mental health of youth people through educational workshops and seminars. Having touched many of the people in our school community already I hope that this artwork can further this connection.