Welcome to My World: Artist Jessica Hays

Welcome to My World: Artist Jessica Hays

Almost no one talked about their struggles with medication. I felt as if I was the only one who was afraid of my treatment options. I began making the work as a way to cope with the idea that I needed medication. The whole series began with one idea of photographing myself with a line of pills down my throat. It all grew out of that one image in my head. The work transformed into a way to deal with the side effects and continuing fears as I attempted several medications. 

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Welcome to My World: Artist Linda Jurkiewicz

Welcome to My World: Artist Linda Jurkiewicz

My piece, “Life Is Good: Anne’s Prayer, My Hope,” is based on a saying I heard many a time from my mother, yet I don’t think my mother really believed life was good. Her life was too hard, growing up with Eastern European parents who struggled with the English language. She lived through the depression and was not allowed to go to high school, because she “Was only going to change diapers anyway.”

 

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Welcome to My World: Artist Teri Wilson Williams

Welcome to My World: Artist Teri Wilson Williams

In January of 2015 someone close to me suffered a nervous breakdown, spending many months in deep depression. I had never been so close to so much pain. This painting “In the Depths of Depression” haunted me, often waking me from my sleep until its completion. To me, it symbolizes how the darkness of depression can swallow the spiritual essence of a person until they completely disappear. Though hands of support may surround them, their spirit is often out of reach and they continue to reside in the bleak dark prison of depression.

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Welcome to My World: Artist Betty Cox

Welcome to My World: Artist Betty Cox

Betty Cox is from San Marcos, California, and she has been a bead/jewelry artist for seven years. She considers her work to be wearable art, and her work has been published in beading magazines Beading Polska and Perlon Posie. She teaches beading in her home town and has participated in Battle of the Beadsmith three years in a row. We at Miri Gallery are pleased to show one of her pieces during the “Welcome to My World: Mental Health Awareness Through Art” exhibit.

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Welcome to My World: Artist Katherine Colborn

Welcome to My World: Artist Katherine Colborn

I struggled with obsessive-compulsive disorder in college, especially in times of high-stress.  There was a specific moment that inspired this piece. I remember finding myself feeling stuck in the bathroom, arranging the soap dish back and forth repeatedly. My struggle was easy enough to hide from others, but it became more difficult when I was sharing bedrooms and bathrooms with 5 other girls. 

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Welcome to My World: Artist Mark Kaufman

Welcome to My World: Artist Mark Kaufman

As a matter of personality or because of the bipolar I see the world as existing in shadow, light, line, space blending into each other. What appears solid is, in fact, illusion. Some artists show solid objects in some relationship to each other. Mine are as much space sometimes as paint. They are layered transparent and semi-opaque washes and lines. Thus, the paper, empty space that nonetheless forms part of the illusion of solidity, is an integral part of the image.

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Welcome to My World: Artist Harold L. Cohen

Welcome to My World: Artist Harold L. Cohen

The beauty of the universe and the emotions I feel as an artist are expressed through my work. My art is a recording of what I see and feel. Thus, each piece expresses the emotions I experienced differently. “Struggling #3” represents the complex feelings of instability and the isolation often found with mental health patients. Sickness can also be represented through the pain of isolation. The inhumanity of our society is evident when we see young people suffering from AIDs; dying alone in hospice.

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Welcome to My World: Artist Jennifer Weigel

Welcome to My World: Artist Jennifer Weigel

Jennifer Weigel is a multi-disciplinary mixed media conceptual artist residing in Somerville, Massachusetts. Weigel utilizes a wide range of media to convey her ideas, including assemblage, drawing, fibers, installation, jewelry, painting, performance, photography and video. Much of her work touches on themes of beauty, identity (especially as it pertains to gender identity), memory & forgetting, and institutional critique.

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Welcome to My World: Artist Janet Robbins

Welcome to My World: Artist Janet Robbins

Erosion, decay and destruction are recurring themes in my artwork. I collect and use visual images of disintegration found in both natural and man-made objects. I am particularly drawn to the beauty found in these objects, and am interested in the symbiotic relationship between the beautiful and the grotesque. New beauty is revealed through erosion, and what’s left takes on a strong and useful new life.

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Welcome to My World: Artist Meghan Arcaro

Welcome to My World: Artist Meghan Arcaro

We’re thrilled to share an interview with the artist who placed first in Miri Gallery’s “Welcome to My World: Mental Health Through Art” juried art competition. Meghan Arcaro is from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and she works primarily in metal, specifically the classical medium of bronze. Her work is intriguing and emotional, as well as beautiful and captivating.

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Welcome to My World: Artist Anitra Frazier

Welcome to My World: Artist Anitra Frazier

We’re pleased to share an interview with artist Anitra Frazier, who placed 3rd in Miri Gallery’s juried art competition, “Welcome to My World: Mental Health Awareness Through Art.” An incredibly talented artist, Anitra Frazier was born in Ohio and now resides in Illinois. We’re honored to exhibit some of her work at Miri Gallery this month. Now, on to Anitra!

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