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Storying Exhibition

by students of Contemporary Issues

Artist Name: Emily Flynn

Title: Untitled - Harris Hawk

Medium: Graphite on paper

Size/Dimension: 11.5 x 8.5 inches

Year: 2020

 

Artist Statement:

Was admitted to the psych ward, suffered delusions and hallucinations. Pencils and paper I brought with me. To fill my time I looked at animals from magazines and chose a Harris Hawk. It was just a quick sketch and I added some things to it. The photo itself triggered some patients in good ways and bad ways, in that there were screams. I choose to do the bird because it symbolizes freedom. In the ward, I had more delusions because other patients did too and we were just completely feeding off each other. Drawing helped a lot. I really wanted to be the bird but again, I was isolated. I still have other paintings and drawings from the place and it’s just distorted images.