Honorable Mention

Transcendence of Self: Overcoming Melancholia

  • Photographer
    Tsu-Han Hwang
  • Date of Photograph
  • Technical Info
    mixed media, alt process

I used to suffer from Melancholia. During those days, I lost the will to live because of bullying and the stress of school. Those memories haunted me continuously. They brought feelings of worthlessness and emptiness. I dodged and rejected the fact that those memories were a part of me. Even when I pushed the memories and sorrow from my head, I still could feel the wounds and hatred in my heart. One day, my parents introduced a psychiatrist who helped me to face the past I used to find too painful. I gradually learned to accept myself and began the healing process. I soon realized that my friends and family had always been beside me, supporting me, and continued to stay with me as I fought to overcome my depression. As a result, I have created a series of self-portraits using mixed-media artwork to release the feelings of my past. Through the creation process, I feel as though I am able to free myself from the negative memories; by manipulating each print by hand, getting closer to my inner self, and experiencing a deeper connection to the emotion. I feel my prints are far more convincing than words as an emotive tool of communication.

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