The Creative Cure
Macee Kensinger struggles with mild depression and anxiety, but her ideal medicine isn't prescribed, it's much simpler. It's her art.
Kensinger’s artwork resembles the deep, dark emotions she contains that have developed throughout her life's toughest times.
As a freshman majoring in Integrative Arts, her college career got off to a rough start when a good friend tragically passed away, she broke up with her boyfriend, a guy she says "used (her) like a tool,” and she lost a pet all at the beginning of the Spring 2014 semester.
Macee, from Spring Mills, PA, has had anxiety since she was a child but her depression started towards the end of her senior year of high school.
Although they’re controlled, Kensinger still suffers from panic attacks due to her anxiety. The attacks are more likely to happen when she doesn't take her prescribed depression pills (generic Zoloft).
Macee constructed her final project for her ART 230 (Sculpting) class taught by Katie Hovencamp. The finished product is that of a woman without a face that appears to be in pain, bleeding out her emotions into a bowl of roses. Her goals as an artist are to make people feel her sadness and depression and for people to experience her work.
“I want them to feel uncomfortable,” Kensinger said. “I want them to feel anxiety.”
She wants to become an art therapist in order to help others who are suffering from depression deal with it in a healthy, creative way as opposed to drinking, drugs and other destructive alternatives.
Macee's project is critiqued by her ART 230 professor and some of her classmates in this video.