“I have always been an ‘artist’, I just didn’t realize what that meant until my mental illness appeared. I despise the term ‘mentally ill’; it implies that who I am as a person is fundamentally corrupted and broken.”
Kate Fenner, 18, was diagnosed with a terminal mental disorder, schizophrenia at the age of 17. For several years, she has been misdiagnosed with other conditions.
Throughout her life, she experienced anxiety and depression that linked to her illness and hallucinations–hearing voices and seeing bugs.
Tired of how media depicts mental illnesses, Kate hopes that through her drawings, she will be able to counteract the status quo.
“I personally feel like the media portrays any kind of mental illness in a way that makes people afflicted look incompetent, violent and lazy. While that may be the case for some, most people I know that suffer from some type of mental illness are normal people. The media lacks a portrayal of real people who have to live with it,” she told in an article of The Huffington Post UK.
Alongside her struggles, she also suffered from suicidal thoughts and compulsive self-harming. It even left scars on her arms and legs.
That’s why she drew her disorder
She finally found a solution to cope up with her situation, drawing. She said she find it therapeutic and hopes her illustrations will have a positive impact on others with the same condition as hers.
On venting out to her illustrations, she says:
“I hope my art will speak to those who feel lonely and lost. At times when I have felt that way, I always looked to my inspirations for comfort: Heath Ledger, Tim Burton, Batman comic books. I want my art to invoke something within people that drives them to follow what they are the most passionate about.”
To see more of her creations, you can follow her on Instagram, @awkwardapostrophe.