Who we are & why we are

Welcome to the gallery site of Broken Light Collective. We are artists of all levels and abilities who are affected by mental illness. We create and we share our work for the therapeutic benefits to us, as well as others who may be struggling and feeling scared and alone. Together we can move from disconnected to collective.

Photo taken by Rachel
Bio: I was officially diagnosed with clinical depression in Aug of 2011, but I’ve had episodes for at least 8 years. I’m 35, mom of 3, and married 15 years. I live in Southern Indiana and I babysit outside my home.
About the photo: This picture was painted by my sister when I was 13. I look at it when I’m having a “bad” day because this was painted when my sister was dealing with the same diagnosis of depression.

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3 responses to “Paint by Depression”

  1. Broken Light: A Photography Collective Avatar

    Love the texture and complexity of the painted horse in this photo, but even more so the thumb holding it. We can feel you, Rachel. Your presence looming, just out of sight. Your depression and anxiety, as it has progressed from 13. Your connection to, or desire to connect with, your sister. We all just want to connect. Hopefully we can do that here.

    Thank you for sharing this important piece to you, so others may connect as well.


  2. Rachel Avatar

    Wow! Thank you, it means a lot!


  3. Rachel Avatar

    I love the blog and wanted to thank you all for what you’re doing to spread the word about mental illnesses. I’ve nominated Broken Light for the Kreativ Blogger Award! Congratulations!
    http://rachelgracetm.wordpress.com (Crocheting Cures Mental Illness)


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