Maria Christella Allysa Putri
Henceforth, I am
unable to can.
“I want to be an artist!” — A graphic diary depicting the life of Clei through their highs and lows in pursuit of their passion.
I CAN/T offers a non-linear narrative structure to depict day-to-day recollections of life uncertainties, hardships and acceptance. This project stemmed from personal experiences and reflections of a young adult pursuing the creative world, highlighting a multitude of stories covering burnouts and bouts of impostor syndromes.
Discussing mental health can be a difficult topic to be open and honest about. It’s not a universal “one-for-all” approach for everyone. In the beginning, the thesis theme was to explore how certain mental illnesses are linked to famous artists, musicians and writers. A scientific research approach and how it alters the public’s perception on what it takes to be dub a genius.
Inspired by short stories from the internet about mental health, I CAN/T was created. In hopes of effectively communicating an individual’s thoughts and feelings, the project took on a form of a graphic diary. The reader follows the story of Clei Kin, an aspiring artist.