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 Darcie, a 32-year-old woman from Edmonton, Alberta who suffers from Bipolar Disorder, OCD and Borderline Personality Disorder. She was diagnosed in the last two years after suffering for over a decade. Darcie is an acrylic and mixed media artist who just recently started experimenting with photography. She is struggling to take her art and photography to the next level while also taking care of her mental health and wellbeing.

About this photo: “This photograph shows not only the raw beauty of the female form but also the vulnerability as well.  No make-up, no masks, no fake smiles or personas.  Just me.

Find more from Darcie at her blog.


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12 responses to “Bare”

  1. jenniferlthorpe Avatar

    This speaks louder than words!


  2. Nelson Avatar

    a really powerful photo


  3. buczthebeginning Avatar

    Wow! Being bipolar is like being naked. All your feelings out there unprotected. Great share


  4. GODisms Avatar

    such raw emotion spoken through simple lines and posturing. It truly captures what so many of us with bp feel much of the time


  5. StarlitReveries Avatar

    …simply beautiful and so full of emotion. Just lovely.


  6. spencersamalvin Avatar

    Great story & picture- thanks for sharing both! . . .


  7. Gerry C. Avatar

    Bravo! I live with a bipolar family member and am trying desperately to help her become more expressive especially via water color painting. The chore is not an easy one.But I am sure that once she is able to commit herself to give the creative sdie of her a chance she too will produce unique and creative art forms.


  8. jasjones0904 Avatar

    this is phenomenal. I wish her luck.


  9. Richard Avatar

    Wow. This took guts. It is a beautiful image which conveys the loneliness of your struggle.


  10. eLPy Avatar

    Nice image and great lines. I do agree it conveys emotion.



  11. Argus Avatar

    A powerful pic. I came over for a peek expecting something more shallow; I stand humbled.


  12. jldalton Avatar

    congratulations for finding the courage and strength to publish such a beautiful and vulnerable photo. BPD is an illness I know all too well. best of luck to you and your journey.


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