Vulnerable

"Vulnerable"

by Yvonne J in Challenges

Yvonne J Foster is an artist living with depression and the images she creates reflect what is happening to her.

Yvonne’s work is created on iPad. She uses altered photographs, words and layered images to create a visual account of her thoughts and emotions.

We asked Yvonne to tell us about her postcard:

At any time my depression can take me to dark and extremely frightening places where I experience thoughts and feelings that cannot be expressed in words.

I take a photographs of myself when my depression is at its worst. When I look at those photos I can see someone who is scared and vulnerable, and I react with more compassion than I would by looking in the mirror. This helps me look after myself better.

I am not my depression. It’s not what defines me.

My art documents events at a time in my life when I didn’t have a way to describe what I was feeling or the pain I was experiencing, so I took photographs, I drew pictures and I used whatever words I could.

This still didn’t help explain to those around me what was happening because I was too afraid to share something that people find so hard to talk about.

The first step, publishing my Facebook page, took a long time.

Sharing it with my friends and family took even longer because being open about this means saying, ‘Love me for who I am, however I am feeling.’

This has been the most difficult part of my life and I had no idea that I could get past any of it.

I didn’t know how to live or how to look after myself. I had to learn to do this all over again. I didn’t know that one day I would feel any different and I didn’t know that one day I would smile and laugh again.

But I’ve done all of these things.

I know that I’m not broken, which means I don’t need fixing.”

For further work see Yvonne’s website: http://www.yvonnejfoster.com/

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