'Finding your silver lining' by Joseph
Prize category: 18-25 year old | Other digital content
Joseph says, "Finding your silver lining, painted in black and white, represents an individual and their emotions which slowly begins to spiral and unravel into what looks like a windmill, representative of pushing back of its surroundings. The unstructured mess and patterns surrounding this individual represent thoughts, expressions and feelings. The contrast between what's inside versus outside shows eye provoking and fluid-like behaviour of which I feel sometimes my mental health condition exhibits, this may be similar to many others with or without similar experiences. I chose black and white to demonstrate a perspective that some may see their world as, it can be extremely difficult to see nothing but this, especially if you suffer from a mental illness. This piece shows my own experience living with Bipolar Disorder and how my thoughts, expressions and feelings can behave in this manner or colour, yet... if you take a step back from it all can you then find the beauty in who I am and how I feel and think – Finding your Silver Lining".
"What an incredible piece! Visually, so beautiful and engaging. And it has such meaning! Joseph has poured his heart and soul into this and it really shows. Art is such a powerful coping strategy." - Kids Helpline counsellor