Eliza Lock, Mia Abbott
Our mural idea addresses the issue of mental health and the stigma that surrounds mental health in teens. The fishbowl represents the isolation that can be felt by many teens and how sometimes it seems nobody is listening and the girl has an androgynous look to make her more relatable to a wider audience. The fish represent her thoughts swimming around and around and the scarf is her inability to voice what’s on her mind. The cracks in the fishbowl represent breaking away from the daily routine of internalising, but rather feeling liberated. We named out piece Statement 1768, because we think our piece is a statement and in the late 1700s people with mental illnesses were often treated inhumanely. Mental illness awareness has come such a long way since this time and we used this amazing opportunity to depict a new perspective that hopefully fellow teenagers will find inspiring.
This Artist-in-Residence Grants Program project has been assisted by the Federal Government through the Australia Council for the Arts and the Western Australian State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Department of Education.