This series focuses on the landscape, and how different places are home to different creatures or monsters.
The landscapes featured in this series include a blue-glass round building placed on a mountain base,a dark forest with yellow flowers ,a secluded forest in Japan with a miwa-torii, a volcano ready to erupt, and a mushroom in the rain.
This series was really fun for me to do, and it hold a lot of meaning for me. I want to bring to light different but common mental disorders, and allow them to speak in a way that is not as taboo as the way we are speaking about them today. The disorders I focused on were OCD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, and Insomnia.
The Mountain Getaway symbolizes OCD, with the measurements of the building being very specific, and nothing is out of place, because everything has its place. It also symbolizes the frustrations of those living with OCD, and I tried to create this by placing a small and confined tinted glass building in a location where it is surrounded by rocks and hills and mountains.
Dark Forest symbolizes depression, with the blue tint and hazy depth perception of the composition. The piece shows, through the inclusion of the yellow flowers, that happiness is not extinguished by someone living with depression, but rather that the darkness still takes precedence over those moments.
Stairs to Nowhere symbolizes anxiety through the growth of nature in this composition. There are vines overtaking the Japanese structure which is meant to show strength and solidarity. The stairs are overgrown with moss and other plant life. The stairs seem to lead nowhere, which expresses the feelings one living with anxiety has every day.
Volcanic Eruption symbolizes bipolar disorder, because of the tone of the image. This landscape looks as though it may be calm and serene, but the steam arising from the crack would suggest otherwise. This was intentionally done to highlight the manic and depressive mood swings one living with Bipolar disorder has to face every day.
Haven symbolizes insomnia, showing that in the middle of the night, there is always someone who is not asleep. The small mushroom appears to be a safe place to take refuge from the storm, but in reality, the mushroom is poisonous and merely luring its victims. This sense of insecurity and danger parallel the feelings one living with insomnia faces frequently.