Emma Burgess At The Blake Gallery
20th February – 5th March
10am – 5pm Sunday 10am – 2pm
Blake Gallery, Woodville Halls DA12 1DD
I have lived in Gravesend for the past 13 years. I have a great love for nature and finds it helps to ground me. I am a great believer in natural ways.
I have always had a love for art, but it wasn’t until a breakdown in 2011 that I started painting properly. It was the only way I could express what was going on in my brain & to get it out. After being diagnosed myself in 2012 with Borderline Personality Disorder I continued to paint more & more.
Last year I completed a years intensive community therapy at the Brenchley Unit in Maidstone. A unique & incredible experience forcing me to face my deepest fears & challenges. Ultimately saving & changing my life.
The paintings show a journey. Although it is of my own, it is an honest view into someone’s life with a Mental Health disorder. I wanted to help spread awareness of how it effects. Thus representative in parts to many people’s journey. Along the way I have learnt that people with & without Mental Health issues can identity with them, giving voice to what sometimes there are no words for.
I paint honestly about how I feel. My work is a reflection of aspects & emotions within everyday life, some of which I find hard to convey or deal with. The paintings are my own therapy showing the dark struggles within but also a lighter side reflecting change, hope, how things can evolve & continue to do so.