Congratulations winning the Public Vote for Zealous Amplify: Mental Health and Wellbeing! What is currently on your mind?
I’d love to say thank you to the Zealous team for providing such a great opportunity and creating important dialogue around mental health and wellbeing. I’ve been thinking a lot about connection.
Being chronically ill can be lonely and isolating. However, sharing my story has helped to create stronger bonds with existing friends and family, other patients, incredible creatives and even strangers. My work has encouraged others to share their personal stories and I feel so honoured that I’ve been able to offer them that outlet and learn about the difficult journeys they’ve experienced.
I really connected with Andy’s work “The Shortest of Moments” – I guess the themes of our pieces weren’t a million miles apart. His installation was so moving and haunting and he conveyed the reliving of memories of his late son Edward so effectively. I’d love to see it live somewhere to really experience the impact of the light and sound. Anita Clipston’s “Held in Grief” was really special too. Turning trauma into art is such a vulnerable process and should be thoroughly commended, especially when it’s executed so brilliantly. I just can’t believe the standard of all the submissions, and I feel really proud to have had my work exhibited alongside them. A huge congratulations and thank you to everyone involved!