Michael Pytell: Me, art, and why mental illness consumes 99.9% of my life.
I have suffered from the soaring highs and crushing lows of Bipolar Disorder since childhood. Now matter how bad it gets my artwork and music gives me the motivation to push through; they are my therapy. Art is the outward expression of the daily neurotransmitter vomit that plagues my mind. My creations are mixed media paper collages made up of recycled LIFE magazines spanning from the 1940's to the late1970's. Each cut out represents a slice of happiness I am able to create in my life.
Living with bipolar is tremendously draining. The forces within the body constantly pushing and pulling, the high speed racing thoughts, and the intense anxiety that one has to overcome on a daily basis. It is truly a wonder how anything productive can even get accomplished living a life like this.
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