Tuesday, January 15, 2013

My Bipolar Artwork

Here are a few of my art pieces that inspired by my struggle of being bipolar (these are on my facebook art page). These reflect my personal feelings, moods, mania, depression, discrimination, stigma, and experiences.
"Flipside" by Sarah Zamora aka: Original Youth


FYI: I'm bipolar, and it's not just sticks and stones that hurt...

FYI: Referring to the weather casually as 'bipolar' is offensive, unkind or ignorant.

Just like (inappropriately) misdiagnosing or calling someone (or something) any other label could be.... would you use any of these 'retarded, autistic, OCD, schizophrenic, mentally ill' in a negative way to casually joke about someone (whether they are or are not) and think it wouldn't hurt their feelings? I recommend you don't try.

A quick search online found these articles, which reinforced my gut instinct; I'm obviously not alone on this. Just thought I'd help others (any of you who needed clarification) be more educated on your decision to unkindly add more ugly discrimination and stigma to the world. I encourage you to just err on the side of kindness and not use mental (or physical) diagnosis as a metaphor.
The fact that many friends don't get the help they need or even tell their close friends/family/co-workers/pastors/church about their struggles or diagnosis is a continual reminder that we (as friends/peers/family/society/the church) are failing the ones who need us most. 
And some of us have a hard enough time as it is.

In truth and love, Sarah Zamora.

My original artwork (sold to an L.A. Couple in 2011)
copyright Sarah Zamora, wwwOriginalYouth.com

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Globes on the mantle

I thought I'd try a new display on the mantle after clearing out the Christmas decor. These vintage globes usually settle on our TV armoire (with one more) but are much easier to admire here.

I usually don't decorate symmetrically but I think it somehow works. What do you think?

Mixed Media Painting above is by Cindy Willingham of Revel Designs.

 Below is one of my new pieces, a layered work with found objects.

Hubby says 5 globes is more than enough; not sure I would tire of having more, I love them so! I'm a collector at heart, it's genetic. :)