Since 2017 I have dedicated my career in art to my public art and writing project I Am More.
I Am More began as a local portrait series to start a conversation in public spaces about all the ways we are more than our mental challenges. The pastel and colored pencil portraits of Cape Ann residents, along with an essay written by each subject, have been viewed in public spaces including Gloucester City Hall, Addison Gilbert Hospital, The Open Door Food Pantry, Action Inc, Lahey Health Behavioral Services Danvers Treatment Center, Gloucester Stage Company and more.
The new portrait series, I Am More: Massachusetts will include 20 new portraits of individuals from around the state, and will be displayed in the North Shore, Boston, Worcester, Lawrence and Amherst. The portrait subjects of all ages have written essays about how they are more than their mental illness, physical disability, health diagnosis or life situation.
Each exhibit will include opportunities for local organizations including non-profits, schools and local government to provide resources and engage the individuals they serve by using the portraits as a way to start a conversation about subjects that are so often taboo like mental illness and addiction.
The Opening Exhibit of I Am More: Massachusetts is Saturday October 19 from 4-6 pm at Worcester PopUp.