I'm Aliese and I'm a visual artist based in Cincinnati, Ohio. I'm a fourth year student at the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) and I'm pursuing my BFA.
I use a multidisciplinary approach to explore the technical concepts of transparency vs obscurity and light vs shadow, in relation to the conceptual aspects of mental illness and empowerment. I think that destigmatizing the conversation around mental health is important, but I also think that my work can be more powerful if there is a degree of separation between the audience and the personal details of my ongoing journey with anxiety and depression.
I explore this concept through literal and metaphorical transparency, keeping personal thoughts obscured while being transparent with my experiences, and utilizing the transparency and obscurity of the materials.
One aspect of this metaphorical transparency includes writing about my experiences and using the words as an aspect of the works. I’m interested in the act of speaking, writing, and expressing words, more than the words themselves. So, I obscure the words themselves through various methods, though in the content of the words I remain transparent about my journey with mental health. In my writings I use concepts developed from cognitive behavioral therapy and cognitive processing therapy. I also share others’ anonymous statements as a call for empathy for mental health issues.