These two works are explorations in the passing of time and scarring. Within the work are figurations alluding to personal experience I have had with chronic mental illness. The isolating and insular experience of dealing with an extremely common but widely misunderstood mental illness has manifested in a cycle of shame and punishment I’m slowly learning to let go of with time. Making these works became a cathartic exercise in literally and metaphorically laying bare flaws and mistakes. Intentional and unintentional mark making has equal value and in doing this, I wanted to expose the rigidity of paint. A sideways glance in From Existence and stained hand in Daughter allude to abject behaviour and thoughts intrinsically human and frequently concealed. By letting the process be a conversational and open ended one, I strived to create a raw and contemplative representation of the self.