Lost in Serenity is a collection of artworks that either represent mental struggles directly or allow the mind to escape stress to a place of peace. The still life and landscapes were either photographed or painted in the impressionist style and symbolise mental strength, courage, mindfulness, exhaustion, stress and illnesses such as PTSD, bipolar, depression and anxiety. The artworks in ‘Lost in Serenity’ are based on lived experience and my journey since being diagnosed with mental illnesses.
The paintings focus on finding a place of calm and serenity to digest strong emotions and understand thought processes. I envisage the exhibition as mindfulness through art and imagery, showing neutral places and objects in nature to ground panic and find relief.
On the surface the paintings look realistic, serene and overall ‘pretty pictures’ but have a deeper story – the viewer doesn’t have to dive into the story of mental struggles if they don’t want to, similar to how people with anxiety don’t have to face their triggers head on if they don’t want to. It is all voluntary, and with support and encouragement, we can raise awareness by understanding what we all go through every day.
Lost in Serenity is an exhibition experience with no bookings required.