Age: 28 years old
Sarah was born in 1991 in a small provincial town in the Vladimir region and later moved to Moscow with her family. She has been suffering from a mental disorder since early childhood, but until the age of 20 she tried to cope on her own, after she decided to seek help from specialists. Months of rushing from one psychoneurological dispensary to another, constantly changing medicines and doctors ...
Sarah is proud that her father is of Jewish origin, so she visits the community, consults with the rabbi, and actively participates in Jewish culture. For several years now she has been living independently, working as a graphic designer. She entered on a competitive basis and graduated from the School of Contemporary Art "Free Workshops". Sarah often encounters social rejection of people with mental disabilities, stigmatization problems, so she speaks openly about her own experience and helps other young people with mental illness to cope with their condition and the difficulties that come their way. Recently, she began teaching art therapy classes on her own. She considers her husband, whom they married in 2019, to be the main support. In addition to drawing and creating collages, Sarah is very fond of cats (she was deeply worried about the loss of her beloved cat Simba). She studied music for some time, keeps guinea pigs at home, loves to travel to interesting places and arrange photo sessions. Sarah is a very bright extravagant girl, her image is always a combination of extraordinary style, freedom, and elegance.
“By my nature, I am a very sensitive person, I often worry and get upset over little things. In this regard, it is very difficult to endure criticism. As sad as it may sound, my experiences are the fuel that feeds me, motivating me to new pictures. The stigmatization of mental illness interferes with the socialization of patients. In our society, it is "ashamed" to be sick even with depression, not to mention something more serious, as in my case, schizophrenia. People exalt those who have conquered such "noble" diseases as cancer, but schizophrenia is shameful, because if those around you find out that you have suffered such a disease, you will be branded violent, abnormal, inadequate. Only my closest friends and relatives know about my problem because I am scared. It is scary to try on the stigma of a madman that no one will take seriously. With my paintings I want to show the world that people like me, "mentally disabled", can be part of the artistic community, they are not alien to the problems of finding creative inspiration, love, existential inspiration and crisis. I'm not sure that we will be able to defeat stigma in one move, but this will be one of the few steps towards this, and I think we are moving in the right direction."