Mental illness affects millions and millions of people throughout the United States, and many more around the world. Mental illness never affects two different people in the exact same way. If you know anything about struggling with mental illness, you know it can be one of the most difficult things to deal with. It can affect the way you deal with your friends, family and even how you feel and treat yourself. Sarah Davies is one of the millions of people who have dealt with some form of mental illness. She went through a time where she dealt with undiagnosed fibromyalgia. This mental illness can cause muscular pain, mood issues and amplified sensitivity to pain. These sculptures in Alaska are Sarah’s way of shining light on an issue that needs more attention around the world. Her story is incredibly inspirational.
Sarah Davies was like many people around world. She suffered from an undiagnosed mental illness. She spent years hiding, trying to separate herself from other people. This is how it feels to be fighting a mental illness. You don’t want to face the world.
After getting the help she needed, Sarah wanted others fighting mental illness to know that they were not alone. Being an artist, she decided to put her talents to use and create something unique and moving.
Her project is called 100Stone. The sculptures are actually body molds of 100 different people with various mental illnesses.
Over 3 dozen volunteers helped clear 7 inches of snow and place rebar on the shore of Cook Inlet to help set up the 100 sculptures in Alaska. Here, Sarah Davies kneels in front of one of her sculptures.
Sarah wants this art exhibit to help people realize that many people suffer from many different forms of mental illness.
She also wants these pieces to inspire people with mental illnesses. Sarah wants people to see this creation and realize that they are not alone in their struggle.
The organizers of the even described these sculptures in Alaska as “physical encapsulation of hundreds of unique experiences of vulnerability.”
Many of these sculptures are haunting in nature. They definitely have an inner pain in their body language that people with mental illnesses can relate too all to well.
Davies said that the sculptures represent the “resilience” that people with mental illnesses can have with what may seem like a life time of treatment.
I do have to say though, seeing these hooded and cloaked figures on the side of the road would probably give me a scare.
We can only hope that Sarah’s art exhibit has its desired effect, and it brings much-needed awareness to the struggles that people with mental illnesses face everyday all over the world.
What Sarah Davies has created may not seem like much. If it helps even just one person realize that they are not alone in the universe, then I would say it has been a success. These sculptures represent 100 individuals, actual people, who have gone through mental illness. They wanted to share their stories, and they found a great way to do it.