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Erosion of an Anxious Mind

Erosion of an Anxious Mind

Erosion of an Anxious Mind

Robert McCormack

Anxiety in young people is on the rise. There has been a 35% increase in youngsters who have had counselling for anxiety this year compared to 2014/2015. A report released by the NSPCC has revealed that 11,706 young people called ChildLine to get mental health support in the year 2015/2016 compared to 8,642 in 2014/2015. When talking about anxiety young people cited a range of family and personal issues that they described as making them feel crushed, suffocated, small, insignificant and of little consequence and importance. Anxiety was once described to me as a drowning sensation, with people feeling that they were being slowly eroded away and worn down by their worries and fears. To convey these feelings and sensations I created a sculpture of a clay head that was slowly immersed in a tank of water eroding over time. By deteriorating and disintegrating, the piece becomes a metaphor for an anxious mind.

My hope is that the work will initiate a conversation and allow the viewer to consider the issue at hand that effects so many people.

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Utter Confusion

Utter Confusion

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