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: “This picture makes me sad to look at now because this was a kitten I had found on the side of I-5, abandoned, and brought home with me. She was ill and despite the fact that I took her to the vet and got her medication, she died two or so weeks after this photograph was taken. I had named her Aubrey.”

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


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4 responses to “Meow”

  1. spencersamalvin Avatar

    Thanks, Kait .. great thing you did for Aubrey- sorry she passed away . .


  2. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    so sorry you lost the kitten but I’m sure the love you showed her during that time you had her was felt.


  3. Emily Avatar

    Although a nicely composed photo I knew immediately that the kitten was not healthy. Her aura and fur look unhealthy. I’m sorry your love did not fix her. But with her you made this beautiful photograph which does remain.


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