TRUISM is a visual metaphor for the negativity, fears, and sorrows that we all experience but keep hidden away. I was asked to create a public work that changed the way people think or act. This installation was not designed to give a distinct or clear message, but rather to provide a medium for people to interact directly with depression rather than abstractly.
The text is a collections of poems and writings taken from my journals over the past two years, printed on thin bond. It has been papered over in white with the text we build a strong façade, which speaks to the internalization of depression and the fragility of our personal walls. To finalize the metaphor, a piece of the façade was torn away, exposing some of the hidden statements.
Throughout the course of project people continued to tear pieces off of it, until all that was left was an exposed canvas of black, and finally an empty wall. I created this not knowing how it would be received or how it would resolve itself — it was less of a personal statement, and more of a visualization from which meaning could be individually derived.