Affliction Oil on canvas 22x28 in. Emilie Errié
Oil on canvas 22×28 in.

The effort to overcome my fear of being judged or labeled by society has driven the creation of this painting.  I have decided to accept what I cannot control.  Instead of trying to change the world, I altered my perception of it.   My struggle with psychological disorders was always shameful to me because I feared the social stigma it carries.  I refused to be defined by my illness and the only way to avoid that was to keep it to myself.

While accepting social judgements, I question the main notions upon which they are based: right and wrong.  How do these notions apply to someone with suicidal tendencies due to a psychological disorder?  I do not have answers but I do know that no one will judge me any harsher than I do myself.  This piece also represents self-judgement and the constant struggle to escape my cage.


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