“With my art, I try to fight the stigma of mental illness.”


Name: Danja
Art Materials: Water color pencils (Aquarelle), pencils, and black ink.

Where does your inspiration come from? 
Portrait photos, feelings, chemistry, and biology.

Tell us about your creative process.
I usually start with a photograph that touched me in a certain way, a photo that spoke to my inner feelings. I often add different colours or paint it more abstract. I think about a way to add what’s going on inside my head. With my art, I try to fight the stigma of mental illness. I try to be brave and help people dealing with similar issues. I already sold some of my pictures and I will have the opportunity to participate in a local art gallery.


What is the story behind your artwork, if any?
I loved painting my whole life, but I only did it once in a while. Last year I needed to go to a psychiatric hospital because my depression got worse and my borderline also acted up. In the hospital, painting and drawing was part of the therapy. I started with birds and animals. After some time, I put the feelings inside of me into pictures. Things I didn’t have words for I managed to paint into a meaningful picture.

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