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Breathe (Exhale) 
Brittany Green, Advanced Sculpture
Mixed media assemblage
Breathe (Exhale)
Brittany Green, Advanced Sculpture
Mixed media assemblage
Cigarette packs, twigs, bottle caps
5' x 3'

To survive the world one must survive oneself. When the reality of one’s mind completely contradicts the physical reality, surviving can be one of the hardest things to do. I, like many, have had to fight in a war between those different realms of reality and have had to adapt to the never ending merry-go-round that is mental illness. Through artistic acts of creation and destruction, I process different levels of living with major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder; anxiety and hallucinations; self harm and suicidal ideations. While incorporating materials and artistic processes to convey different forms of coping mechanisms, I practice and present forms of therapy that have led me through a journey of survival and healing.

In my sculptural work, such as “Breathe” and “Hallucinated Realities”, I work on a large scale to capture the intrusion I felt of my mental and physical space and to make the viewer feel the same. “Breathe” has two parts, “Inhale” and “Exhale”, which control the air and the ground through flower creations made out of cigarette packs and other various materials. I explore my intense relationship with unhealthy coping mechanisms that have led to positive results through unexpected materials being transformed into lovely structures. The meticulous material manipulation that was involved in the crafting and assembly of the cigarette flowers and the plaster figures stems from the time consuming efforts of coping and the continual build up and break down of oneself in the process.