Growing up I was often told to ”contain” myself. I was taught that showing too many emotions was a weakness. Because of this, I have learned to bury the emotional side of me deep inside, but as a sensitive person, it has been stressful and overwhelming not being able to convey my feelings to others. As a result of this bottling-up, I developed depression. My depression makes me feel like I am isolated, like I can’t breathe, and the world is swallowing me whole. I use my art as a comfortable place for me to vent, when I experience acute moments of depression like that. I use my work as an outlet to express myself. Through the process of rendering figures with charcoal, oil paints, and other mediums, I communicate my internal thoughts and struggles. By sharing my works, I have and continue to make progress in opening my inner self up to others.
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