Artist Creates Powerful Series That Imagines Life Filled With Anxiety And Mental Illness

July 8, 2015

Artist and photographer John William Keedy created this powerful series he calls "It's Hardly Noticeable" that explores a world of anxiety-based mental illness.

He wrote on his website:

"It's Hardly Noticeable explores the world of a character who navigates living with an unspecified anxiety-based mental illness. He negotiates situations constructed to highlight the impacts and implications of his differences on his thoughts and behaviors, and by doing so raises question of normalcy. Through constructed tableaus and metaphorical still lifes, the series reveals the relationship between reality and perception, and highlights issues of pathology while questioning stereotypes of normalcy.

In 2009 economist Bill Gross used the term New Normal to define the American economic landscape of the very recent past. In ensuing years, the term resonated with culture at large and became an umbrella term for changes in cultural and societal practices, identifying a shift in held notions of what is commonly viewed as acceptable.

These images question the legitimacy of applying the term normal in a societal context by prompting a reconsideration of what, if anything, is normal, or at least what is perceived and labeled as such. Is it possible for a society to have a commonly held idea of what is normal, when few individuals in that society actually meet the criteria for normalcy?"

You know it's good when looking at pictures makes you uncomfortable...

artist imagines mental illness anxiety
Credit: John William Keedy

artist imagines mental illness anxiety
Credit: John William Keedy

artist imagines mental illness anxiety
Credit: John William Keedy

artist imagines mental illness anxiety
Credit: John William Keedy

artist imagines mental illness anxiety
Credit: John William Keedy

artist imagines mental illness anxiety
Credit: John William Keedy

artist imagines mental illness anxiety
Credit: John William Keedy

artist imagines mental illness anxiety
Credit: John William Keedy

artist imagines mental illness anxiety
Credit: John William Keedy

artist imagines mental illness anxiety
Credit: John William Keedy

artist imagines mental illness anxiety
Credit: John William Keedy

artist imagines mental illness anxiety
Credit: John William Keedy

See more on JohnWilliamKeedy.com

Like us on Facebook!

Click Here For The Most Popular On Sunny Skyz

feel good videoMama Ferret Really Wants Her Human To See Her Babies

feel good storiesThis Restaurant Only Hires Servers With Dementia So You Never Know What You're Getting

feel good storiesTim Tebow's Act Of Kindness At A Baseball Game Will Warm Your Heart

feel good storiesThis Hairy Chest Women's Swimsuit Is Selling Like Crazy

feel good storiesWendy's Got Into A Hilarious Sign Battle With Pure Water

feel good stories25 Funny Married Life Memes

feel good videoThis Guy's Card Trick Is So Good It Makes Penn MAD!

feel good videoDisabled Former Marine Sees His Grandson In Uniform For The First Time

feel good videoMama Ferret Really Wants Her Human To See Her Babies

feel good videoDad Loses Son's Lunchbox And Brings Home A Toolbox. Mom's Not Impressed, Then She Flips It Over

feel good videoThis Is What Happened When A Lost Kitten Strayed Into A Raccoon Feeding Area

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!