Emma Holt - Renewal and Acceptance

Arts Access Victoria presents The Museum of Us

In the future, artist Emma Holt wants to see people openly talking about their disability. 

A painting of a serene blue head, severed below the neck and as well as across the forehead. Yellow daisies bloom from the neck, and encircle the head in a ring. At the bottom, the text ‘@PLANET_EMMA

About the work

Mental illness is very misunderstood. It is invisible and you can’t see it.

If you had a broken leg, people would understand that it takes time to heal and recover.

Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

Ask if l am okay. Listen to me. Hear me. See me.

No judgment.

In the future, l want to see people openly talking about their disability. 

Know that disabilities aren’t just physical: they are mental and cognitive as well.

Don’t be afraid to talk about it or shed light on it, Go out of your way to understand it.

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