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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.


Please welcome first-time contributor Katie Kelleher, a 29-year-old artist living in Asheville, North Carolina. She has been faced with mental health challenges, including bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, anorexia, and self harm, leading to hospitalizations, treatments, hardships, and different turns along the journey.  The experience of mental illness also came with the realization and the necessity to create something beautiful from that which seems broken, which much of her art and photography reflects.

About these photos: “I created a series of images taken of a chair in different settings from hiking up mountain tops, crossing rivers, searching alleyways, and climbing in windows of abandoned buildings. It represents to me that which is unseen but always present wherever I go: my mental illness.

Find more at Katie’s website, and her Instagram @kelleher_katie


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10 responses to “The Chair”

  1. Karen Miller Avatar
    Karen Miller

    Thank you for giving us these images.


  2. dimdaze Avatar

    Awesome work. I love what you’ve done with the chair theme. I live in Franklin, not too far from you. I just started following you on Instagram. I look forward to seeing a lot more of your work.


  3. rothpoetry Avatar

    Love the chair concept! Great Photography!!


  4. neath Avatar

    Reblogged this on PostArctica and commented:
    Excellent work!


  5. SwittersB Avatar

    Very enjoyable indeed. Thank you for sharing your imagination and you!


  6. Markus @ POINT BLANK Avatar

    what a brilliant idea an realization. Every photo tell its own story und all together they are carrying this great story. Wonderful story telling.


  7. Mike Ross Avatar

    If only it was the comfy chair, if only…


  8. AlyKat Avatar

    Wow! These images aren’t just art. They are like a diary. This empty chair in all these different setting represents so much more than just an empty chair. I love this so much.


  9. god[isms] Avatar

    So compelling and well done!


  10. Katie Kelleher Avatar
    Katie Kelleher

    Thank you, it means a lot to be able to share it and for it to be so well received.


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