My Conceptual Self-Portraits Tell The Story Of Depression

This is an ongoing series about depression and how it affects people who suffer from it.  It is called “Melancholy – a girl called depression”, and the intention is to give the outsider a peek into what emotions or lack thereof such a person might feel.

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The character in this series has no face and sometimes has missing limbs, firstly, so that anybody that either suffers from depression or has dealt with it in some way, can identify with her.

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Secondly, to keep the viewer’s attention on the feelings often experienced through depression, like emptiness, hopelessness and not recognizing oneself anymore. This series goal is to bring a voice to those who suffer from this debilitating condition and also to create awareness.

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Withering Away

Its feeling like you’ve lost something
but having no clue when or
where you last had it.
Then one day you realize what you lost
is yourself.


“Maybe we feel empty because
we leave pieces of ourselves
in everything we used to love.”
– R. M. Drake


“Why can’t I try on different
lives, like dresses,
to see which one fits best?”
-Sylvia Plath

It’s Complicated

From the outside looking in, its hard to understand. From the inside looking out, its hard to explain.


Somebody asked me if I knew you.
A million memories flashed through my
mind, I just smiled and said:
‘I used to’.


Some days, I feel everything at once. Other days, I feel nothing at all. I don’t know what’s worse―drowning beneath the waves, or dying from the thirst.

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