Anxiety disorders have become a major concern in the United States. With a large number of individuals getting affected by anxiety disorders, people are no more ignorant about these conditions. The proliferation of social media has also played a decisive role in developing a better understanding about psychiatric disorders. People have started finding exciting and creative ways to fight such debilitating conditions and portray emotional health as a critical component of any prosperous community.
One of the recent innovative steps taken to deal with anxiety and fear is displaying these emotions in the form of art. Titled ‘A Monument for the Anxious and Hopeful,’ the art show opened to the public at the Rubin Museum of Art on Feb. 19. There is widespread confusion and sorrow of maintaining the appearance of “happiness” due to the active interference of the social media in daily life. In such times, people have become more isolated than ever.
Considering the need to look at the right things in the public spaces to develop a positive perspective toward life, the above community-minded art show by two contemporary artists—Candy Chang along with writer James A. Reeves—is creating an opportunity to understand the prevailing mood of the respondents. As such, Chang is a well-known artist who has gained acclaim through her internationally renowned interactive artworks. She is also the brain behind the viral ‘Before I Die’ series, a participatory public art project, which has travelled with a chalkboard to nearly 70 countries worldwide to instill compassion toward people living with the feeling of loss and grief.
Community-minded art enhances feeling of solidarity among people
Both the artist and writer drew inspiration for their innovative exhibition from the Tibetan prayer flags and obscurity of the public spaces. Giving its visitors an opportunity to express their anxieties and expectations, the art show gives an opportunity to people to engage with their community.
Talking about their art show, they said, “We live in a uniquely unsettled moment of technological, political, and social flux. Awash in endless currents of information delivered by glowing screens, each new headline, discovery, and development brings a fresh opportunity for hope or anxiety, depending upon our individual attitudes and philosophies. By definition, anxiety and hope are determined by a moment that has yet to arrive—but how often do we pause to fully consider our relationship with the future? Are we optimists or pessimists? And how do our private sensibilities square with the current collective mood?”
After going through a number of changes in the past, the ‘Before I Die’ project taught the artist a lot about life. One of major points highlighted by the project was that everyone wants to be loved and valued. At one of the installations of the wall, Chang shares that somebody had written a message that read, “Before I die I want to overcome depression.”
The messages shared across different cities also brings into focus the problems and unfulfilled dreams in the lives of people. This also provides an opportunity to examine one’s own anxieties with a positive perspective. Despite the fact that people are often reluctant to discuss the details about their emotional health or grief, the above community-based project inspired people lost in their daily grind to share their own views and tips on how to overcome depression. This has helped Chang to bring in change in herself and around the world.
Recovery is possible
Chang believes that psychological immaturity and lack of understanding about the ways to deal with emotions are the major reasons that create trouble in the management of emotions. To assist people in overcoming this trouble, she created an interactive installation titled ‘The Atlas of Tomorrow: A Device for Philosophical Reflections’ to enable people to seek solutions to any confounding situation troubling their lives. It emerged as a powerful tool for collective reflection over the inner struggles of people.
Given the challenges of inner and outer world, it is essential for a person to always stay positive and believe in himself or herself. In case you know someone dealing with anxiety and looking for anxiety disorder treatment centers, contact the Anxiety Disorder Helpline. Call at our 24/7 anxiety disorder helpline 866-971-7951 or chat online with one of our experts to know about the best anxiety disorder treatment clinics in the U.S.