“Anxious Mind” explores an absence of inner harmony. Using sculpture, I have attempted to tackle the damaging effects anxiety can have on our mental health. The piece is a metaphor for the struggle against the social and personal conflicts that remove and destroy inner harmony. I wanted to use hands in my work because I believe that they evoke emotion and power. The hands represent issues and concerns that restrain or hold back an individual, pulling them into a mentally dark place. Anxiety erodes self-image, makes you vulnerable to peer pressure and drives you towards damaging personal experiences. Recent research has shown that up to 1 in 6 young people suffer from anxiety. I hope that my work can raise awareness for anxiety and relates to the viewer.
To give my work depth and integrity I researched my topic by talking to people with paralysing anxiety and recording their stories. German expressionists Kathe Kollwitz and Egon Schiele's emotionally charged work helps to contextualise my own. This life size bust is sculpted from clay. I used myself as reference for the piece using mirrors and photographs. The sculpture has been made as part of a body of work exploring anxiety.