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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