Living with OCD - Intrusive
DESCRIPTIONObsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is one of the most misunderstood mental health disorders. This disorder is often portrayed in the media as simply liking things clean or organized; however, as an artist who was diagnosed with severe OCD at the age of 17, I know that these portrayals are false. OCD is an extremely difficult and devastating disorder because living with OCD is living in constant fear. Therefore, this work is to display what it actually feels like to live with OCD.
As a lot of OCD happens internally, it can be difficult to visually capture the truth of living with this disorder. Therefore, I specifically restricted myself to staged and exaggerated photographs that convey the internalized feeling of constant fear. This diptych titled, Living with OCD – Intrusive, visually depicts the “Obsessions” or “intrusive thoughts” which are the constant fear-evoking thoughts that OCD brings into your brain.
AUTHOREmily Marisabel is an emerging fine art photographer based in Alberta, Canada. Her work often focuses on the struggles of mental health due to her personal experience as a neurodiverse individual. Emily has trained as a photographer while attending York University from where she will be graduating in 2023. Emily is also an accomplished theatre director and producer for which she was awarded the 2018 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award. Emily's main passion is creating effective images that evoke emotions in the viewer, whether she is working as a photographer or as a theatre artist.