Misleading Realities: Actions of the Affected
My work navigates mental, psychological, and emotional health and why it occurs. It explores the relationship between people and the world around them.
Ever since I was young I was fascinated by the people around me. How they acted, how they felt and why. Struggling with my own depression as a child and young adult I was confused as to why everyone else was so happy and I was not. I soon began exploring my own emotions through my paintings. Later on, my paintings began to show the causes and effects of these emotions. Causes such as societal issues, mental disorders, abuse, and effects such as oversleeping, inability to focus, negative moods, the constant want to please others, as well as the struggle to accept the society surrounding us. I realized that the people, places, and the society surrounding us all have an impact on one’s mental health on a daily basis.
Through the medium of acrylics I create portraits depicting people. These people, myself included, experience working to make a living, troubling thoughts, emotional distress, societal pressures, and the effects of not being the best version of yourself. In my work, I depict the essence of each person along with capturing their emotion at the time.
The purpose of my work is to show viewers that mental health is important. That many people do in fact struggle. My purpose is to bring awareness to the fact that we can create change for ourselves and change within the society around us. These may be our emotions now, and this may be our society right now, but we can take steps everyday to create change for the better.
Sweet's exhibition is up for public viewing May 25 - June 28 at Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street Saratoga Springs, NY, Monday - Thursday, 10am-6pm, Friday and Saturday, 10am-5pm.
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