The Abysm

Ever falling deeper, ever falling still

I had thought about this piece about a week before I started; the basic concept was a figure floating, seemingly lifeless, in the water. I knew I wanted to use plastic wrap to create the ocean’s texture and that I wanted the water’s surface to be present. With the floating figure representing the debilitating effect of depression, I wanted to represent another aspect of the illness. The abysm, ready to swallow her up, represents the crushing all enveloping low that depression holds.

The Abysm

12 in x 18 in

Watercolor, Ink, Micron Pen, Gouache, Acrylic

2020 Rose Bolef Award Winner

About DySwann

In my personal projects I work with concepts like numbness, bitterness, and/or depression; all states of being I know well. A goal is to raise awareness about the dangers of living in these places—and hopefully help others make better choices than I did. I always believe in hope, even when it seems there might not be any. If there is hope for me there is hope for others; and there is.

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