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How Depressing

I wanted to do a piece on depression for the SAQA I’m Not Crazy juried show. I have periodic bouts of depression and other members of my immediate family have also suffered from this mental dis-ease. I started with discharged letters that read Can You Hear Me Now, repeated. I used gold deColourant and a stencil.

I then printed depression self-talk on silk organza.

I used Mistyfuse on the back of the organza and then cut out “thought bubbles.” I wonder if we could hear the self talk of victims of depression, could we intervene and help sooner?

I know when I am depressed, I have two personalities. I can put on a smiley face for people, but when I am alone, I fall into the depression self talk mode.

I digress. I fused the thought bubbles to the discharged background and zigzagged the edges.

Here is a detail.

Tonight, Mr C and I went to a harpsichord concert at the Reed College Art Gallery. The harpsichord was played for the first time. It was a work of art built by a Reed Alum who also taught physics there. Then, we went out to dinner. Now, we are watching more The Killing episodes.

The last of the green 3 x 3s. This is what I do when I am out of time and out of ideas!!

3 Responses to “How Depressing”

  1. Mary-Ellen says:

    This is awesome. I have often thought of a way to portray periodic bouts of depression artistically, and here you have nailed it. It really speaks to me.

  2. Judy says:

    Love your piece – it speaks to me, as I also deal with it on an ongoing basis.


  3. Hi Gerrie, I love this project you are working on and the fact that you are sharing your own personal story involving depression will be so helpful to others. Bravo!