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Heather Halpern

MARCH / APRIL 2017


"Hopeful" mezzotint 3.5" x3"



"Self Talk"- Monoprint 6 3/4" x 9 3/4"

My current work addresses the emotional toll of mental illness.
Through a series of monotypes, I study my own daughter’s harrowing
struggle with psychoses. Tormented by delusions and harassed by
hallucinations, she is paranoid and terrified. Family and friends are
of little comfort, as she is unable to trust her own senses, let alone
other people.

My daughter’s confusion, frustration, and despair are apparent in her
body language and facial expressions. To convey her devastation,
I create unsettling imagery in black ink with tattered bristle brushes.
Ambiguous environs and shadows reflect her distorted perception
of reality.

In sharing my daughter’s experience, I process my anguish, as well
as elicit concern from others. Empathy prompts insight, acceptance,
and support. I hope to help dispel misconceptions and stigma by
providing glimpses into a personal battle for mental health.