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Distressed Hope

Distressed Hope

Distressed Hope

Charlotte O'Farrell

Health is an important part of life and the daily struggles of people with mental health can be very daunting through experience myself and other friends. My painting reflects the inner torment and struggle with one’s mind although not specific to one time frame means that the viewer can relate further to the painting. The painting expresses the different thought processes that can escalate by one’s own mind, suggested by the distressed background. There is not enough recognition of mental health within younger pupils and my entry shows the physical and emotional stress of health problems. I kept the darkness on one side of the painting to show the ebbing darkness of mental illness but I kept the brightness to suggest hope. My painting expresses that although young people can experience severe mental health problems, there is always hope, and health can improve vastly with help of others. The main value of health takes many shapes but I wanted to represent the negative and positive side of health as well as mental health which has become more present within society. It is important to help viewers relate and voice younger difficulties with mental health because paintings can have a voice which should be heard.

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Well done to Charlotte O’Farrell who wins June’s Highlight of the Month and £100 for her painting and accompanying description.

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