“I’ve had a really difficult relationship with art – in not feeling entitled to create, in worrying that I am not good enough, of being embarrassed by my vulnerability and terrified of criticism. So I guess, at a point in my life where I’m choosing to embrace my creativity, art means letting all of that go. Art means trying to engage with myself in a way that is positive and explorative as opposed to punitive. ”

 

 

Name: Angelbabydarling
Art materials: anything and everything; ribbons, bells, factory offcuts, old clothes and plastic flowers. I also love using sketching apps to illustrate and manipulate images.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born in Bristol and have recently moved back to my hometown after working as a creative facilitator in London for four years. More focused than ever before on my recovery, I’m keen to use art to make sense of my story.

Where does your inspiration come from?
Lots of places, people, emotions, experiences, music, a vintage dress I see in a shop window, my mother’s garden… a desire to try and understand the world, to help other people understand theirs

How would you describe how it feels to create your artwork?
Anxious, obsessive and anti-social on some occasions and exuberantly expressive, collaborative and relaxed on others. Often a combination of all those things!

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Tell us about your creative process.
It involves a lot of trial and error. I can’t deal with instruction manuals or YouTube videos – I like to learn with my hands; experimenting with different apps, taught courses and materials. It’s a good exercise in teaching yourself that it’s ok when things don’t work out the¬†first time.

What is the story behind your artwork, if any?
It just aims to capture the nuances and abstract reality of experiencing mental health problems and demystify them. Transform them into something else perhaps? Something beautiful.

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