Collage montage

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They’re a little autobiographical in nature, the first three being representative of my life up until entering treatment… 

These first 5 were all made in Autumn 2022 while I was in voluntary in-patient psychiatric care for 6 weeks. 

It was a positive experience. Everyone working there was phenomenal.

Having an Art Therapist was lovely.

Since then, I’ve only done another collage once: a gift for my Grandma about my love for her and all the seasons we’ve experienced together (no photo of that one).

Tonight, I started working on some more… 

Here’s a draft of a few of them… nothing is glued down yet. I’m short a few dozen magazines compared to what resources I had available when I was in treatment.

One with a friend in mind who is going through a tough time:

One on art, nature and humanity:

And one as a bitter sassy critique of the pharmaceutical industry. I’ve been feeling “better” since coming off my anti-depressant. That being said, it’s an artistic statement and not entirely how I feel about prescription medications for mental health. 

It’s tongue-in-cheek; after all, I’ve needed anti-depressants off-&-on my whole adult life. Chances are, some day I’ll wind up needing them again.

One of those “don’t necessarily do as I do/say” things. 😉

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11 months ago

Try as I might, I’ve never been able to make physical collages like these. During one of my inpatient stays, they wanted us to make some…but we weren’t allowed scissors to cut out the images. Mine was a messy, half-assed trainwreck LOL. So I really mean it when I say, these are awesome! They’re super expressive and raw, and knowing just how much effort they take, I can truly appreciate your craftsmanship. Thank you for sharing!

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