Breathe  2015


Just Breathe is the initial piece of an investigation into the silent suffering felt by those who do not seek help, because they feel they have been forbidden to do so.

Being raised as child I was told, though never explicitly, that asking for help was a sign of weakness, as were my feelings. As I grew into an adult I began to try and grapple with mental illness. Because of those 'rules' and my own sense of pride, I did not reach out for help for a very long while. I realized one day that I was essentially drowning myself. By submerging myself and letting the water rise up and over my face, Just Breathe serves as a visual metaphor and a journey for myself. By rising out of the water, I told myself it was okay, to ask for help.