The Death of Desperation

artist statement

The Death of Desperation

PTSD is a mental health condition which can occur due to seeing or being part of a traumatic event. In this series, I am bringing awareness to this inner condition by making visible a seldom seen or understood part of the psyche in crisis. I am asking the question, what can happen to the human soul over time when faced with the constant burden and stress of past psychological trauma?

To help objectify the unseen, I created all of these paintings, except the final portrait, from staged photos, which I then used to construct a more noticeable and relatable truth. The final portrait was created from imagination without use of a photo or live model.