Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Inspired by a Cookie

Whenever I open a fortune cookie and read the fortune, I never really think much of them. On occasion, I'll come across a fortune that kind of relates to a situation I'll be dealing with, but that doesn't happen very often. But, when we were assigned to pick out six fortune cookies and use the fortunes inside as a basis of our next project, I came across a fortune that reminded me of the darkest part of my life that I went through a few months ago. 
*you should be able to undertake and accomplish anything.*
In January of 2013, I went through a period of severe depression. The worst part of the depression lasted for about 5 months, and even though I've gotten through most of it, sometimes I feel as if it's coming back to haunt me another time. I went through depression at the end of 2011, but it wasn't as severe as last year's. However, even though I don't like talking about what I went through and the mental and physical problems I endured, I'm not ashamed to admit that at one point, I had those problems. How does this all relate to the fortune I received? I undertook the depression, and I accomplished getting through what I thought I would be haunted by for the rest of my life.
The two wrists with "Stay Strong" written on them were inspired by the Demi Lovato's "Stay Strong" tattoo. The numbers scattered on the paper come from the numbers on the fortunes I received. There are negative words written in blue that one thinks when they're suffering from depression, such as pain, loneliness, and emptiness. In white, there are positive words one thinks when coming out of depression, such as happiness, love, and most importantly, hope. 
I thought I would get over what caused me to be depressed and have all those mental and physical problems. But I did it. And I'm glad I was handed this fortune so that I could show, in artwork, that I accomplished defeating my depression. 

1 comment:

  1. I am sorry for the fact that you had to go through something as awful as depression, I can relate to you in some ways similarly. It took a lot of guts to open up as much as you did in your writing. Your artwork is a very inspiring piece though, I really enjoy your thought to use Demi Lovato's 'stay strong' tattoo as inspiration.