Bestiary Drawing Dry Media Introspection Drawings 7770 | Introspection Introspection | Discussion Introspection is a series of over 200 works on paper. These drawings have come about through intermittent work over a, more or less, 3 years period. They are not traditional self portraits, but use the artists' reflection as the start point for a process of introspection. It has been raised that this collection of works is depressing. The process for these works is to explore the current sense of 'being' in our society; as such it reveals issues in a society struggling with record rates of mental health issues, suicide and depression. The visual language used as a means of self representation in 'Western Society' is invariably entirely positive, with no room for the development of a fuller and more healthy emotional language. I am not suggesting that peoples' homes or social media chains be full of personal representations of sadness and difficulty, but rather that we need an element of acceptable visual language for this in our homes and wider society, so that a fair and healthy representation is offered and moves toward being considered as a positive, challenging and enriching force in any individuals' life journey. Our societies' current means of projecting images of itself into the world involves a considerable amount of denial and conceit. We are doing well, but without greater honesty on an individual and cultural level I don't feel that it will be possible for our society to develop further.Recent Government language and treatment of individuals living with mental health challenges, disability, discrimination and social challenges has not been helpful in the healthy development of self image - a requirement for healing, good mental health and pathways to positive well being. A troubled mind remains something to be feared, rebelled against and hidden from society. We are missing out on some of the richest experiences and challenges of our lives. We are missing out on moving toward a society that is capable of including, healing and reaping the often great rewards that individuals living with such difficulties are able to offer us.Healing regularly begins by acknowledging the full spectrum of qualities in ourselves, celebrating and exploring those qualities in others, even if they are 'darker' or stranger than our own. I hope that these artworks may contribute toward a wider acceptance of and language for a natural range of emotions. For example, I recommend a home that contains a range of art works, that also has room for works of art that explore difficulty and the parts of our mind of which we are more afraid, rather than only art that amounts to sweet comfort.