I have been granted the position as one of the student Artist in Residence's at ACAD, which means I am making work based of the topic of mental health awareness, specifically Anxiety Disorders and Depression. For the project, I am making ceramic armor using geometric scales that will be individually sewn onto a thick fabric or thin leather jerkin/shirt. I would also like to make a ceramic sword and helmet if time allows me to.
Once the armor is complete I will be taking photographs of my friends who suffer from Anxiety and/or Depression wearing the armor to depict them as heroes and heroins of their own mental well-being. I haves asked these volunteers to write a statement on how their experience Mental Illness and what effect it has had on their lives.