Mental Health Awareness Week 2021: Finding art and solace in the natural world
Copyright © John Royle
I’m committed to the premise that nature enables people to improve their mental
health. A relaxing walk in the woods helps me to find some relief for the issues
affecting my mental wellbeing. Using nature in my art to express my emotions
provides a different point of view.
I linked up with the Remote Connectivity Art & Soul programme last year after losing
my sister to Covid-19. The project gave me space to express my grief using
materials I found in nature, and eased the loneliness imposed by the lockdown.
Being involved with other people through their artwork lifts my mood. I use images
found in nature a lot in my art.
My grief was a shade of blue, ranging from dark to pale blue. Grief changes, so by
the end of the project I emerged from a dark to a paler shade of blue.
I started beachcombing in order to produce images that reflect my take on nature.
My creations are mainly of fish which reflect my connection to nature. I’m like a fish
swimming against the tide helping to overcome my depression.
Fish Crafts by Jean Keohane