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Metamora : A Discourse on Depression

Ellen Arden's avatar Ellen Arden

It is difficult to remember the first time I felt sadness, but I do remember the day that it became unbearable. I distinctly recall attempting to tell my mother why I felt so unhappy. Depression, being elusive and incredibly metaphysical, made it hard to communicate the true nature of melancholia. While creating this work, I began thinking about the idiomatic expressions we use to deal with such occasions. Feeling blue, under the weather, and as Winston Churchill put it, “having black dog days,” have all been used to describe despondency. By using this vernacular, an individual can give an ephemeral feeling a visual identity. 
Working with a historical photographic process, I have created pieces intended to generate a discourse on depression. Each photograph represents a physical manifestation of an emotional concept anchored to a colloquialism. Antique imagery is used to bring historical context to a contemporary social discussion.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: N/A
  • Medium: Gum Bichromate, Hybrid Photograph
  • Width: 8.5 in
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 11 in