The Secret Inside Me is a book project started in 2016 with the aim of sharing my personal story of parental cancer and creating something meaningful for others. The project is a healing journey where art becomes a tool for self-expression through the use of colours and natural elements.
The purpose is to give support during emotional distress to anyone in need of enhancing the communication between loved ones, and to encourage people to use art as a tool for emotional healing.
The Secret Inside Me is a project I started in 2016 during my MA in Illustration. When I was asked to work on something meaningful for my major project the response came out loud and clear: cancer.
Cancer affected my childhood, leading my family to fall apart. Communication was a major issue. As part of me was still emotionally affected, I decided to start a project using art as a tool for self-expressions and as a way of healing.
Cancer was a topic my mum never spoke about, it was a secret she kept inside, leading to years of silence and unspoken words within the family and therefore my project started with a question:
“How art can emotionally help people affected by cancer in expressing themselves and in sharing their feelings with children and relatives?”
The final outcome turned out to be a photographic book representing my mum’s emotional journey.
- Colour Your Mood is a workshop in collaboration with Maggie’s West London, whose aim is to explore people’s mood by choosing a colour and to create a tissue paper flower.
- During the workshop participants were invited to create a flower to decorate the tree.The result is a colourful mood tree that celebrates each person.
2017 – Art at the Bridge – Engine Rooms, Tower Bridge – London
2017 – Platform for emerging art #14 – Leyden Gallery – London
2016 – Different Gallery – London