“I would say that a lot of my inspiration comes from my knowledge of psychology and mental health.”

 

Name: Liz Trowbridge
Art Materials: I work primarily in oils, charcoal, but I also incorporate mixed media using collage watercolor and ink.

Where does your inspiration come from?
I would say that a lot of my inspiration comes from my knowledge of psychology and mental health. Knowing that over 60 million people are suffering and only 1/3 of those are receiving treatment. My goal is to give those suffering a voice against the stigma that they are weak and give people a chance to find art as a creative and healthy outlet of understanding themselves and their disorder.

 

Tell us about your creative process.
For this specific series, I took dozens of magazines and tore or cut out images that visually represented the chaotic space I had to reinforce my concept. I use matte medium to glue and keep my entire collage in place. From there I use oil paints to create a figure painting and some background into the collage. I often incorporate broken and surreal imagery to help my concept.

What is the story behind your artwork, if any?
Many of the stories behind my work have to do with my own knowledge and experience with mental illness. I created a series of work around disorders such as anorexia, depression, and addiction to give visual representations of what someone in turmoil with these disorders might be thinking or feeling .

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