Outsider Art – Mental Illness Depicted Through Art

I am an outsider.

Which makes me an outsider artist; meaning that my art is created outside the boundaries of “official” culture and the exclusive art world.

“Outsider art was coined by art critic Roger Cardinal in 1972 as an English synonym for art brut  (“raw art” or “rough art”), a label created by French artist Jean Dubuffet to describe art by those on the outside of the established art scene, such as psychiatric hospital patients.”

In this ongoing collection my work focuses on my internal struggles with, and the worlds discrimination against – mental illness.

Suffering from C-PTSD (Complex post-traumatic stress disorder) due to childhood abuse and teenage sexual violence, as well as abandonment and neglect in childhood and early adolescence. Which made me susceptible to more mental illness, which is why I also suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder and Psychotic Depression. Which brought about symptoms in the form of more mental illness; resulting in being diagnosed with Agoraphobia, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Derealization, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Adult Attention Deficit Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder and am still in recovery from an Eating Disorder.

My mission is to use art to show people on the “inside” that WE the outsiders have a voice and it needs to be heard! This also helps me communicate with fellow sufferers on the “outside”, together we fight for equality and neurodiversity.



Vulnerability - By Charlotte Farhan
Vulnerability – By Charlotte Farhan
Agoraphobia - By Charlotte Farhan
Agoraphobia – By Charlotte Farhan
Losing my Identity - By Charlotte Farhan
Losing my Identity – By Charlotte Farhan
Freedom Over Life - By Charlotte Farhan
Freedom Over Life – By Charlotte Farhan
Anxiety - By Charlotte Farhan
Anxiety – By Charlotte Farhan
PTSD - By Charlotte Farhan
C- PTSD – By Charlotte Farhan
A spoonful of sugar - By Charlotte Farhan
A spoonful of sugar – By Charlotte Farhan
Silence is Oppressive - By Charlotte Farhan
Silence is Oppressive – By Charlotte Farhan
Exploding with Emotions - By Charlotte Farhan
Exploding with Emotions – By Charlotte Farhan
Neurosis and Psychosis - By Charlotte Farhan
Neurosis and Psychosis – By Charlotte Farhan
As long as I am breathing - by Charlotte Farhan
As long as I am breathing – by Charlotte Farhan
Night Terrors - By Charlotte Farhan
Night Terrors – By Charlotte Farhan
I Ripped out my Heart - By Charlotte Farhan
I Ripped out my Heart – By Charlotte Farhan
Pain and Detachment - By Charlotte Farhan
Pain and Detachment – By Charlotte Farhan
The Broken Willow - By Charlotte Farhan
The Broken Willow – By Charlotte Farhan
How I long to walk carefree in the rain By Charlotte Farhan
How I long to walk carefree in the rain – By Charlotte Farhan
Splitting - by Charlotte Farhan
Splitting – by Charlotte Farhan
What you cannot see - by Charlotte Farhan
What you cannot see – by Charlotte Farhan
Rejection - By Charlotte Farhan
Rejection – By Charlotte Farhan
Staying Silent - By Charlotte Farhan
Staying Silent – By Charlotte Farhan
I Can't Look Forward - By Charlotte Farhan
I Can’t Look Forward – By Charlotte Farhan
When I Close My Eyes - By Charlotte Farhan
When I Close My Eyes – By Charlotte Farhan
Unlocked - By Charlotte Farhan
Unlocked – By Charlotte Farhan
CPTSD - By Charlotte Farhan
CPTSD – By Charlotte Farhan
Make it Stop - Art and Poetry by Charlotte Farhan
Make it Stop – Art and Poetry by Charlotte Farhan

 

Time to breathe - By Charlotte Farhan
Time to breathe – By Charlotte Farhan
Everyone is Watching - By Charlotte Farhan
Everyone is Watching – By Charlotte Farhan
Clouding of Consciousness by Charlotte Farhan
Clouding of Consciousness by Charlotte Farhan
Bad Child Crazy Girl - By Charlotte Farhan
Bad Child Crazy Girl – By Charlotte Farhan

 

Chained to the Past - By Charlotte Farhan
Chained to the Past – By Charlotte Farhan
Obstructive - By Charlotte Farhan
Obstructive – By Charlotte Farhan
Like moths among the whisperings - By Charlotte Farhan
Like moths among the whisperings – By Charlotte Farhan
Am I real - By Charlotte Farhan
Am I real – By Charlotte Farhan
Now I lay me down to sleep - By Charlotte Farhan
Now I lay me down to sleep – By Charlotte Farhan
all eyes and ears - by Charlotte Farhan
All Eyes and Ears – by Charlotte Farhan
The Looking Glass - By Charlotte Farhan
The Looking Glass – By Charlotte Farhan
A Kind of Healing - By Charlotte Farhan
A Kind of Healing – By Charlotte Farhan
In the Abyss - By Charlotte Farhan
In the Abyss – By Charlotte Farhan

 


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