Half of all adults will suffer from mental illness in their lifetime, as reported by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, and yet so many people are still discriminated for it. This makes recovery harder, their difficulties worse, and discourages people from talking about it and seeking help. Identifying someone solely by their illness robs them of their independence and unique individuality.

My work is a celebration of life, an essence of resilience repairing broken pieces with beauty and adding value to one’s precious scars. I accomplish this by combining acrylic, clay, foam, jewels, feath- ers, and pipe cleaners. I then highlight the positive affect that color therapy can have on stimulating mood, feelings, and behavior by experimenting with color projections using LED lights. My goal is to inspire those who see my work to help erase the stereotype and stigma surrounding mental health.