Krystal Fengxin Wei
‘This project is about the social stigma and mental health. Originally, I designed and developed a project to advocate for peoples’ cares about hurts incurred by social stigma. I had got quite depressed because of an embarrassing experience, when the scars on my skin seriously scared the people around me. After my skin recovered, I started to gain a deeper understanding about how society generates stigma and how these social stigmas might hurt people and lead to psychological problems, even though they are unconscious in most cases. My work is inspired by the artist Coco Fusco who studied how political and social issues might influence peoples’ perceptions on the world (Fusco, 1995).
My experience told me that being scared is the main reason for people to reject others. Therefore, I created the project not to make a complaint. Instead, I am just trying to make people gain a deeper understanding about the feelings of people who suffer from a sense of stigma due to specific reasons that they cannot control. Since the objective of my project is invisible and very generalised, I use colours, make-up and composition skills to deliver the implications that I want to show my audience. It is all about an innovative application of artistic theories and frameworks in the field of expressing moods and feelings.