I’ve titled this collection of art “face your demons,” because that is just what my work is about, and what motivates me to continue drawing. Over the past two to three years, art has become my primary way of expressing myself, and of “getting my demons out.” Through art, I have begun to find my voice, and to develop a visual language with which to speak to and understand my past, emotional experiences, and myself as a whole.
For someone who has spent countless years trying to numb out and soldier on robotically, this has been a revolutionary process. As such, art has become a huge asset to me in my recovery from anorexia. Not only that, but art has also given me a way to connect to other people. As I have started sharing my art more and more, I have continually been surprised and humbled by the acceptance and support I have received. It has shown me that perhaps our demons aren’t always as ugly as we think, and that sometimes, when we put them out into the world in the form of art or writing or music, others may be able to relate. This then allows them to know and accept and embrace us, demons and all. But even if that weren’t the case, I know that my life is all the better for having drawn my demons.
– sarah bower