Artist: Malialani Dullanty
Ethnicity: Chinese and Native Hawaiian
I primarily created with watercolor on canvas. For me depression hits like an inky black that causes all the colors of life, all the joy, just leak out. Not muted, but gone entirely, and in constant danger of being totally overwhelmed by that darkness. I did this and several other pieces this year during Covid when I really felt like that depression might never let up. This project is such an amazing opportunity to show even dark times can be used for bright things. There is always hope. This summer, with lots of therapy, I finally feel that way again. And I hope this project encourages others to feel seen and safe enough to seek out the help they need.