Size: 36"W x 48"H x 0.25"D
Year Created: 2018
This was made from covering my own body in paint and making an impression on the surface
In 1887 journalist, Elizabeth Cochran assumed the name Nellie Bly and feigned mental illness to gain access and report on the abusive treatment of patients in U.S. asylums. Her exposé, “Ten Days in a Mad-House” prompted the reform that changed centuries old practices for treating mental illness. While health care has improved much since then, the social stigma that surrounds mental illness has not. Cochran’s exposé is an excellent example of how art is a compelling medium to convey messages and promote change. As a result of my own experiences with mental illness and instability, I have chosen to use art to continue speaking about the stigma that surrounds psychological disorders. The goal of my artwork is to engage the viewer with an image that disarms them and gives them the opportunity to contemplate the experiences of another person.
As a person who has struggled with depression, Brice uses art as a way to cope as a form of catharsis. In an attempt to battle her own desire to create idealistic beauty, she uses varying degrees of abstraction and human form to convey emotion.