I'm always searching for balance, bringing opposites to a new starting point where they are integral to each other rather than undesired. I want people to see the beauty that comes in the textures of decay; see the dichotomy and harmony of nature and human; and understand the relationship of mental health to the stigmatization of mental illness.
I was diagnosed with Bipolar II in my early fifties. Finally I had an explanation for the rapid cycling of ups and downs, lows and highs, ebbs and flows I've experienced for most of my life; a life without balance. The idea of opposition, the tension created between two or more entities trying to dominate space at the expense of the other, was revealing itself all around me: nature and man; body and mind; depression and hypomania; Love and hate; creation and destruction.
Yet oppositions can attract. Space can be shared. There can be harmony. It's the investigation on how we can achieve it that fascinates me.
I use visual arts as my form of exploration and
storytelling to make sense of the world, my world,
and how to move through it, how to pull the edges
of each end together and stitch them up with my
One of the things that baffles me … is how there can be so much lingering stigma with regards to mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder. In my opinion, living with manic depression takes a tremendous amount of balls.
― Carrie Fisher
Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them
― Anais Nin
“Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.
― Leo Tolstoy