Artist Marko Alabaster
Nantwich, Cheshire, United Kingdom
Journal Entry: 03-16-19
There were many reasons I wanted to create this blog, beginning with the stigma attached to mental illness. Stigma is such a dreadful and damning word, because people are mentally ill, they are denied basic humanitarian rights and often shunned or derided in the public eye. This should not be the case, and I hope to change this perception in some way. This blog outlines my struggles and how coming to terms with not only my illness but myself, opened up a whole new world. Art.
Art to me is defined as a therapy, a place to release emotions and interpretations into artwork. As an artist I hope to use and promote my work, to influence people and to provide a coping mechanism to combat their own emotions and often internal battles. Art is an escape from reality that helps, maybe not everyone but it helps certain people by providing a voice (cliché perhaps) that conveys their own unique issues and emotions into art. Everyone has their own abilities on how to cope with emotions, may it be writing, reading, drawing, running etc. Mine has always been painting. Art has been a platform enabling me to express and encourage my continual positive growth and development. Art has given me that freedom to be vulnerable with my emotions where in the outside world that hasn’t been as easy. With brush in hand, stood over an easel I’m a different person, worlds apart from the man in public view, I’m hoping this blog allows me to be expressive in a new exciting way.
I hope that this blog will highlight the seriousness of mental illness but also attempt to breakdown the stigmatization of the illness’s and how finding an outlet can be life changing. For those reading this I hope you enjoy and that you are able to take something away, even the most minor of thoughts or concepts that can help in some small form.
I’m Marko and this is my Story. A man who buried his soul in a coma.
Marko is a self taught artist, totally inspired by Bob Ross. He has no initial education in painting as his focus was always on screenplay writing and storytelling. The one thing that he learned was that he could produce a creative product. Not so much a product, but a voice on canvas. We have 5 senses, and he puts all of them up to the test. Taste, (he cooks all the time), and love the experience of being totally fulfilled by the result. Smell. He adores the sense the smell a sea gives him. Sight, a beautiful person smiling as they touch you. Hearing would be his favorite music playing while he creates.
You can view some of Marko's work by clicking on his name.