The other day I saw on Huffington Post, a series of photographs titled "My Anxious Heart" by Katie Crawford. The article written by Lindsay Holmes was titled, This Stunning Photo Series Nails What It Feels Like To Have An Anxiety Disorder.
I haven't been able to get this image out of my head since then...
Now would be a good time to mention that I'm a little weird when it comes to other artists' work. I have similar views on looking at someone else's art as I do about looking at someone's Facebook page. Either - this person's life looks flawless and I get jealous, or they look they don't have their shit together and I feel arrogantly superior. Facebook isn't healthy for my ego and most of the time looking at art has the same affect.
Here is one of those exceptions. Looking at Crawford's work was inspiring, terrifying and made me feel like I wanted to cry and shout out, FINALLY someone GETS IT. She knows exactly what these indescribable feelings look like in the minds of those with serious anxiety. Her work clearly speaks for itself but Crawford is also gifted with her words. She writes,
"I want people that suffer from [anxiety] to be able to use these images as a reference if they need it," she said. "There's a misconception that anxious people are antisocial, short fused or overdramatic. But they're most likely processing everything around them so intensely that they can't handle a lot of questions, people or heavy information all at once. And I think certain images express that. Anxiety is when you feel everything."
She has writings paired with each image and it's just like reading my own diary or my thoughts during a panic attack. This girl is so brave and talented and more people need to see her work. Click here to see her site and click here to read the entire article on the Huffington Post website, and click here to purchase work from this series.
Thank you, Katie Crawford, for creating such beautifully real and honest art.
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