Raleigh-based artist BARB CHERRY, shares, “Using the interest in the human mind and its varying behaviors, I create art as a platform to express empathy and interact with others about these avoided topics. I use Surrealism to have a relatable image in an alternate reality to heighten the subject matter. This approach creates a visual that can be relatable, while thought-provoking through its abnormality. I have explored the majority of two-dimensional mediums, including: encaustics, printmaking, and mixed media. Oil paint is my fundamental choice because of its manageability allowing detail and transparency. I have been demonstrating mental disorders in an attempt bring awareness to the commonality of others suffering from its many varieties. This visual representation can trigger interacting perspectives, as well as potentially make individuals feel more comfortable to handle their pain and embrace healthy lifestyle choices.”