Self-taught Freelance illustrator/cartoonist, Mounica Tata is a profound Illustrator whose art usually revolves around thematic and topical issues, exorcising the things that are hidden underneath the surface of the human lithosphere. We think she is a blessed artist with a gift for being able to draw out (pun intended 😉) all the internal battles that we face and find hard to express.
Mounica knows how to paint all the pictures of the various moments of life and does so in this series called “Are You OK: Carnival of Feelings” which she started to raise awareness about Mental Health.
In her own words “I am posting this with a couple of agendas in mind; a) to start a dialogue on mental health and raise awareness b) hopefully help people understand and take this issue seriously c) to encourage people to be more sensitive, receptive, and compassionate.
Trigger Warning: This post is about anxiety, loneliness, depression, etc. If these topics make you uncomfortable or if it upsets you or if you do not wish to read and engage, you can maybe skip this one ^_^
Mental illness is hard because how do you run away from something that’s inside your mind? It’s even harder to explain/put in words because there are just so many feelings and emotions. It’s an amusement park of feelings in your mind that runs 24*7.
There’s anxiety that makes you feel like you cannot breathe, cannot feel your face, and any minute now you’re going to throw up. Then there are times when you feel like you’re drowning and no one’s really bothered. They can all see you going deeper and deeper, reaching out for help, but there is no help coming!
You feel small, invisible, insignificant. Like you’re playing the extra in someone else’s life. Helpless. Also, lonely. What if nobody remembers you after you’re gone? What if they don’t even notice that you’re gone?”