I am due to complete my MA Illustration degree at the Manchester School of Art. My research throughout my studies has surrounded mental health and ways to create a better understanding of mental illness through art. Though I have been successful in this, I feel there is much more to be done so I will be embarking on an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) which will consist of an extra year of research. I have an interest in mental health from both a personal and academic point of view.
The main focus of my research tackles experiences within Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and everyday life. Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder is a serious anxiety-related condition where a person experiences frequent intrusive and unwelcome obsessional thoughts, often followed by repetitive compulsions, impulses or urges.
I am seeking to create an understanding of the complexities and misconceptions within OCD, in a way that represents both the debilitating reality along side the ‘sane normality’. Through my research I hope to break down stereotypes and give a voice to people who have been misunderstood or been left to feel ashamed.
The MFA costs a total of £4,320 so I am aiming to try and raise half of this, and attempt to work and save enough to pay the other half. Coming from a single parent, low income background I will be the first in my family to have have achieved this degree level and hope that I can make a difference with my research. Any donations will be much appreciated.
If you are suffering from OCD or another mental health issue and would like support or advice, or are interested in my research feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Always happy to support others.