acrylic on paper; 14×11”
“My art piece is about Mental Health Illness. It relates to Article 2 of Human Rights: Freedom of Discrimination and underlines the importance of people accepting that they have mental health and that when they are in a dark space there is always a way out. This topic is relevant to me sinceI also suffer from mental health (depression and ADHD). My goal was to send a message to people telling them that there is hope for you.”
ARTIST BIO: Rae Russell is a Grade 12 student at Butler Tech School of Art (SOA).
PROJECT: After learning about human rights in Mrs. Valerie Folz’ Government classes at Butler Tech School of the Arts, 45 high school students chose a human rights issue they wanted to research. Then in Mrs. Mary Catherine Ruby’s Visual Art + Design classes they visually communicated their voice through their art using symbolic imagery to represent the human rights issue they had selected.