"Take Your Meds" painting

"Take Your Meds..."

Acrylic and ink on canvas | 2022

I am by no means a master painter, but as one of my printmaking mentors told me, “embrace the gooniness”. I’ve tried to expand this to other media, to take the sketchiness of my work, build it beyond an actual sketch, and lean into it as a style.

This piece in particular showcases my self-deprecating humor, a large part of how I process the world at large. I forget to take my antidepressants sometimes, and if the occasional withdrawal symptoms aren’t enough to convince me to get my act together. The amount of times I tell myself this phrase (sometimes out loud, which has led to some interesting interactions) is…alarming. Similar to my love of omimous positivity, this dark humor keeps me going.