The Worry Monster

Laura Meekhof's avatar Laura Meekhof

"The Worry Monster" is reflecting on a bad anxiety disorder that I suffered 10 years ago as a third grader. My psychiatrist would tell me that whenever I would feel a panic attack coming on or feel the burning in my stomach from my ulcers, I was to think of the pain as a scary monster--The Worry Monster. Knowing I was an artist at a young age, he would tell me to draw and sketch out in crayons what I pictured the Worry Monster to look like. Transferring the beast of anxiety from my head to a sheet of paper was partially my way of dealing with my disorder. Now that I have been healed from it and have grown from it, I often look back to those nightmare days of my childhood with a strong, confident attitude, and show that in this piece. I am so thankful for how far I have come and the freedom to enjoy every aspect of life knowing that happiness and strength comes from within. My goal, as an emerging artist, is to show people this hope through my work and this piece.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Medium: Charcoal
  • Width: 66 5/8 inches
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 37 inches