On the Edge and In Between, by Equiluxarts
Posted by TaliT
18th May 2017

Two years age I sadly lost my daughter, after two years battle with Borderline personality disorder, and failure of mental health services. She was only 22. It is impossible to describe the devastating effect it left on her family and friends.

Mental Health Awareness week seemed the right time to share our story. Being an artist, I recorded my emotions in ceramic sculptures and launched an Exhibition in a hope that it would help people going through similar emotions. The exhibition is dedicated to my daughter and all other young people who have lost their lives as a result of this largely misunderstood illness.

About my Exhibition

The Exhibition is a physical display of a mother's journey of acceptance after the loss of her daughter. Words cannot describe the emotions that came with such a tragic loss, but the emotional context within the sculptures translates to a more powerful representation of the evolution of the personal emotional state.

The purpose of my exhibition is to draw attention to Mental Health issues in Young People. Self harm and personality disorders are merely the tip of the iceberg, but it is through personal experiences of these areas that we can bring awareness of much wider ranging issues and the devastating effects and repercussions that impact not just the victim, but those who love, support and fight alongside.

Tragically, there is not always a happy ending, as in our case. There is no preparation, guidelines or instruction book on how to process and deal with such a tragedy and we must each find our own path of acceptance and deal with it in our own way. Its is easy to lead a path of self-destruction, lose hope and simply give up, but to fight and confront the unfair and unjust will eventually lead to the understanding that we crave.

How we do this is down to each of us as individuals. Through art I can see shape, structure, emotion and myself portrayed in a functional form. To me its' relatable; a moment captured in time; a measurement of where I was to where I am now.

Despite those low days, I fight on, focus on my art when I mind allows me. My art helps me fight each day towards understanding of both the loss of my daughter and my own sense of worth.

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