In this piece, I strive to emulate the internal, yet often unseen,
discord of those with mental disorders. The woman’s ornate
necklace gives off the appearance of an affluent woman with
superficial cares and desires. However, as screaming thoughts
clamor for attention, cracks run through her face and hands like
spidery veins, and her face contorts under the pressure of her
expectations. The texture of the rocks contrasts with her detailed
necklace while connecting to the cracked face in fissures and
crevices. Thus, her face, instead of representing her outward
appearance, represents an internal struggle and frustration
pushing the girl to her breaking point.
Often, society perceives physical disabilities and illnesses as more
important or more severe than mental diseases. This piece
challenges the appearance of ease, represented with a perfectly
intact, lavish necklace, by highlighting the contorted visage
behind a rough background.