P H O T O G R A P H Y
According to the Center for Disease Control, half of all Americans will be diagnosed with some form of mental illness. This body of work, "Disorder", focuses specifically on the symptoms of Personality Disorders.
There are ten Personality Disorders that can be grouped into three “clusters” based on symptoms and characteristics.
“Cluster A” represents odd and eccentric behavior, “Cluster B” represents dramatic, emotional, and erratic disorders, while “Cluster C” represents anxious and fearful behaviors.
The series of images represents these “clusters”, identifying Personality disorders.
As mentioned previously, this series is heavily influenced by the Rorschach Inkblot Tests which help assess personality structure and identify emotional problems and mental disorders. The images contain organic and symmetrical qualities that has the ability to be interpreted in different ways. Like the inkblot tests, my work induces an autonomic response from the audience and provokes an unconscious interpretation from the viewer.
I found inspiration in creating this work through a heartbreaking time in my personal life. In 2015, I experienced the death of a close family member for the first time: my grandmother. While I had a hard time coping and dealing with my feelings, I noticed that other members of my family were going through similar grieving processes. The death effected my grandfather the most. Soon after, he experienced changes in his personality, in a way losing himself. After losing a lifelong love, this is unfathomable. His mental health took a great toll.
On November 19th, 2019, I presented a body of work that represented what I feel like is the inside of the minds of people with personality disorders. I chose to go with the black and white theme to represent a hypothetical "x-ray" of the inside of the mind. I also chose to depict this in black in white to showcase the wide array of feelings and intensity that one may feel when viewing these photographs; it was also an allusion to the Rosarch inkblot tests which is also why there is much symmetry in each of the photographs.
Below is a description of a more in depth synopsis of the body of work that I, Destiny Braswell, produced.