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Ian Chae Beautiful Anxiety

Work by Ian Yong-Jun Chae, ArtExpress 2022
Work by Ian Yong-Jun Chae, ARTEXPRESS 2022
Work by Ian Yong-Jun Chae, ARTEXPRESS 2022
Work by Ian Yong-Jun Chae, ARTEXPRESS 2022

Admitting to having a mental health condition still carries negative connotations despite all the awareness and research. My body of work expresses anxiety and other mental disorders as beautiful flaws, part of one’s identity, something that makes you … you. Realising that everyone in some way experiences anxiety dismantles the common misconception that mental disorders are only for the few. Representing personal symptoms that I have experienced as different types of suit jackets and a blanket, my intent is to demonstrate that anxiety is like clothes: without them you are naked; without them you are not yourself.

School

The King's School

ARTEXPRESS year

2022

HSC year

2021