HEADSPACE in Fremantle has launched a new project to help young artists showcase their work.
Pheobe Ho is a volunteer for the not-for-profit group helping young people with mental health issues, and she will exhibit a series of pieces at Headspace’s Pakenham Street offices, reflecting her recovery from eating disorders.
The mixed-media, abstract artworks are “not van Gogh” she laughs, but emerged when she got into “art journalling” when in hospital admissions two years ago.
“I was born in Singapore,” she says. “Where I come from it’s quite a conservative culture in terms of mental health, it’s a very taboo topic.”
She says art journalling helped her communicate the process of recovery with her family and friends.
“The pieces reflect the ups and downs of my journey and I guess coming out the other end, being a lot more resilient, a lot stronger.
“The important thing is progress; not perfection. It’s something my clinician would always say.
“You don’t aim to be completely recovered. You don’t aim to be 100 per cent; you just aim to chip away at it, a bit each day.
“Every time you have a lapse, it gives you another opportunity to practice the skills you’ve learnt in therapy.”
Headspace’s program is open to anyone aged 12-25, so if you know a creative person who might be interested, get in touch with them.
by ALICE ANGELONI