Invisible - No. 2/50 HeadsUp50Project - Original Mixed Media

Invisible - No. 2 Collage
No. 2
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Invisible - No. 2 Collage
No. 2
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Invisible - No. 2/50 HeadsUp50Project - Original Mixed Media

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#2 collage - Invisible

This piece is part of my #HeadsUp50Project which is focusing on depression, mental health and how this can impact our lives, our families and society. I will be creating 50 collages (one for each year of my life) and regular video updates.  

The project includes a personal element - as someone who has suffered from depression for numerous years, and I know several people with depression.  

This project is also a personal way of documenting the reduction and hopefully stopping my antidepressants. It's about helping to remove the stigma of depression and bring the topic to everyday discussion in a more understanding, informed way, with a message of hope.

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More about the collage:

The back story of: 'Invisible'

This particular collage is about how we can all feel 'invisible' at times. We might be suffering on the inside but with depression, anxiety etc. there is nothing to see visually but yet it's still very real. The piece features a woman's face with one of her eyes covered and for me this can be the case sometimes - we want to 'be seen' but the other side to that, is that we want to be invisible too. I have hand stitched some stitches in charcoal coloured thread with one stitch in amongst the rest, in a burgundy colour. You might feel invisible, that no-one cares or sees you but the reality is that you're not alone and often times there is someone to talk to that has felt the same as you. 

Each piece is individual and sits on a painted black box canvas measuring 8x8". All collages include an expressive portrait painted and created on an empty antidepressant medication box and teamed up with a 'Yorkshire Tea' teabag - (I live in Yorkshire and so drink a lot of Taylors, Yorkshire Tea!) In addition, found papers, lace, fabric, pressed leaves/flowers are also included. Some hand stitching is also often included and a particular word or phrase to title the piece is added onto watercolour paper and each letter stamped individually.  

Each collage takes a lot of time, effort and love to create. In addition, some of the 'flaps' from the medication packet, contain some little message of hope or thought that's just for you.  

Thank you.

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