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“Peace of mind” by Sherwin Long: colorful painting of the head of a young man comprised of multicolored puzzle pieces. the pieces are falling into an abyss while a small blue bird carries one piece in its claws that it is placing back onto the man's head. Deep, rich, reds, greens, violets are prominent.

“Peace of mind”

Artist: Sherwin Long, Boston

Description: 16” x 20” painting inspired by the exploration of mental disability and how people can unravel and fall to pieces from symptoms and social ostracism. I know several people with schizophrenia, bipolar, and autism. They described it to me as trying to keep a bunch of pieces of yourself together. So, I decided to articulate that with a visual metaphor. The puzzle pieces are different characteristics or aspects of the person’s psyche falling into an abyss. The monotone facial expression is to show his acceptance of the circumstance. The bird represents friends, family, or anyone that cares enough to help put them back together.

Artist Statement: This piece depicts breaking barriers by showing the bird taking initiative to rebuild this person as they fall apart. The bird is flying down to the bottom of the abyss getting each piece and learning something new about the person they are helping, creating a relationship between the two. This relationship will unlock new potential which is symbolized by the universe under the puzzle piece in the forehead. Hopefully with the merging of art, culture, science, and psychology this interaction will bring about awareness and more advocates for the cause, therefore breaking barriers and unearthing new possibilities.

About the Artist: Born and raised in Boston. Graduated from Boston Latin Academy. Then went to Massachusetts College of Art and Design and got a degree in illustration 2013. From there I became a freelance artist/designer working with various non profit organizations doing community events sharing my work and making people aware of current global events. My inspiration to pursue art as a career is to empower and uplift people with a strong message creating a visual and social dialogue that will impact the viewer deep in their subconscious.

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