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The Chair


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 comments on “The Chair

  1. Karen Miller
    June 26, 2017

    Thank you for giving us these images.


  2. dimdaze
    June 26, 2017

    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
    June 26, 2017

    Love the chair concept! Great Photography!!


  4. neath
    June 27, 2017

    Reblogged this on PostArctica and commented:
    Excellent work!


  5. SwittersB
    June 27, 2017

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


  6. Markus @ POINT BLANK
    June 27, 2017

    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
    June 27, 2017

    If only it was the comfy chair, if only…


  8. AlyKat
    June 27, 2017

    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]
    June 27, 2017

    So compelling and well done!


  10. Katie Kelleher
    June 27, 2017

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


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