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 contributor Kait Mauro, a 22-year-old Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native who has lived all over the country. Kait has a diagnosis of major depression, severe and recurrent, as well as having experienced anxiety and disordered eating during her teenage years. She is currently an undergraduate at Washington University in Saint Louis where she studies Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Creative Writing. Her primary mediums are poetry and photography, though she has also been known to dabble in printmaking and other genres of writing. She seeks to understand her experiences and to connect with others through her art.

About this photo: “I made this collage with Photoshop after being inspired by the collage work of some other artists I admire one afternoon. There was a funny white flower right on the tip of my chin in the original, which I didn’t notice right away but it drove me mad once I did notice it — it became all I could see! I went back and altered it a few times, and this is the final version.

Find more from Kait at kaitmauro.com and her flickr.


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9 responses to “Self Portrait Experimentation”

  1. capturemysoulphotography Avatar

    Oh, I am so in love with this. It’s so captivating. ❤


  2. Linda Å Avatar

    So beautiful, a magic picture, wonderful work!


  3. Audrey Bourget Avatar
    Audrey Bourget



  4. Elina Avatar

    A stunning self portrait!


  5. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    I love it! Awesome photo!


  6. ag Avatar

    Nicely done!


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