This series of work deals with the reality of addiction. Over the past two years, I have witnessed drug addiction from a very personal place. Individuals very close to me has been dealing with addiction for the past ten years of their life. Thankfully, they have been clean for just over 15 months. I am so proud of them and their achievements in these 15 months. But I still find myself thinking back to the days of their addiction. Not only have I witnessed it, but I myself have struggled with a self harm addiction for the past eight years. My series of eight pieces represent different aspects and emotional issues that addicts go through, from withdrawal to starvation and self-harm. Each piece features an individual experiencing some sort of physical, surreal ailment. Each of these represent a different part of the pain of addiction. I have created eight paintings, for each of the years I have been suffering from self-harm. I hope my artwork will help viewers understand and connect with addicts and what they go through. I want people to be able to relate to the pain and loneliness that they see in each piece. I want my pieces to connect people to the pain and mental illness that an addict feels, just for a moment. While I acknowledge that there are some dangerous addicts, there are many addicts who suffer from mental illness and turn to their addiction as a form of self medication. Society demonizes addicts and tells them they aren't worth saving, but anyone who has an addict in their life knows the pain that they go through. I want people to try to understand the struggle of mental illness and addiction.
Each of the pieces feature a drawn figure alone in a barren lonely environment. I have drawn the figure to emphasize the disconnect between the real rational world and addicts mind. The figures are drawn in black, red, white, gold and silver. This is because I draw in these colors in my sketchbook and the red emphasizes the ailments that the people are going through. The backgrounds are painted using only six colors to challenge myself to create my own hues.