Portraits and essays addressing how we are more than our mental illness, health diagnosis, disability or life situation.
The traveling exhibit I Am More will be on display at Montserrat College of Art in February. This exhibit features pastel and colored pencil portraits by artist Amy Kerr, accompanied by essays written by individuals describing how they are more than their life challenges. The portraits address mental illness and addiction recovery, coping with medical diagnoses, and surviving trauma. Despite the challenging topics, the message is one of hope and resilience, and sometimes even humor and joy.
By definition, giving up hope makes it seem like finding hope will be much harder than it often is. I learned that there is always a path forward, there is always a new beginning, and that there truly is more out there than you may be expecting. -Aiden
Since 2018 I Am More exhibits have been seen in universities, shopping malls, hospitals, libraries and government buildings around the northeast as a reminder that despite our challenges we all have gifts, loves and triumphs to celebrate.
The exhibit includes mental health resources and emergency number cards.
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 8
Related event: “I am more than” – Open art-making with Meg and Elisabeth, Thursday, February 15
About the Artist
Artist Amy Kerr founded I Am More as a way of reminding others that she is more than her depression recovery and invited those dealing with their own challenges to share their stories. Each subject is asked to choose a location where they are most comfortable, so locations have included a crowded theater, a cafe, a photographer’s studio, the ocean, a dance studio, a Crossfit gym, and a church. Amy draws in her studio and home in the coastal community of Gloucester, Massachusetts while coaching the subjects on their writing. She has a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College.