I’m Good Because Art Saved My Life & It Can Save Others

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Kellie Gillespie – sculptural artist (https://www.kelliegillespie.com)

I’m good because Art can save lives.

My work, mostly sculptural, focuses on issues specifically associated with mental health, as well as the concepts of recovery and being a survivor. I embrace the controversial subject matter of mental illness and explore the problematic place it holds in society. I share extremely personal physical and mental obstacles in my work that I have endured and conquered, and pay homage to those who were less fortunate in their attempts at recovery. I discuss the functionality of the mind as it struggles to persevere and make sense of the reality the body is forced to live in.

I’m unashamed to admit that art has saved my life, and through this discovery I have uncovered the importance art has in our worldly existence. By making pieces that voice matters of mental health, I disregard all notions of contemporary society that have deemed this topic wrong and socially uncomfortable. I’ve discovered that almost every person in this world has either personally experienced a mental health challenge, or has been affected by it in some way or another. Through the artwork I create, I attempt to break the negative connotations surrounding mental health and allow those who’ve suffered, or are suffering, to reach out and finally have a chance to talk about their experience.

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