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Don’t Let Me Drown

Kathryn Trattles's avatar Kathryn Trattles

"Don't Let Me Drown" is a diptych depicting two portraits with opened heads containing splashing, uncontrollable water. The works were created using alcohol markers, watercolor, and water damaged found material. Representative of the overwhelming "drowning" feeling of mental illness, especially anxiety, the work puts physical representation to silent suffering. Alone, we fight as hard as we can, holding our heads precariously above the water. Eventually, though, we tire of treading the water. "Don't Let Me Drown" is about the times when we just keep sinking; when we have to ask for help. It is about who steps in to hold the waves back until they settle once more. The portraits are accentuated by freeform lines that follow the curvatures of the body while white accents outline the motion of the raging water. Found cardboard and paper are collaged into a background, allowing the wrinkles, bubbling, and discoloration of the intentional water damage to create organic textures and patterns.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: .25 inches
  • Medium: Alcohol marker, watercolor paint, and collage.
  • Width: 13 inches
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 18.25 inches