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Artist Creates Death-Inspired Love Comics To Help Cope With Depression
By Yoon Sann Wong, 20 Dec 2016
For several years, South Korea-based fashion designer Haenuli struggled with depression.
“I thought about my lost friends, broken hearts and hard times that I’d been through…recently, I was diagnosed with a physical illness and suffered for half a year.”
“I lost friends and had money scammed from my business. I know there must be other people who’re having a much harsher time, but these experiences were so unpleasant for me. It made my depression worse. Praying, therapy, exercise and writing never helped me,” Haenuli explained in an email to DesignTAXI.
While visiting the Orsay museum in Paris, the designer came across the painting ‘Young Girl and the Angel of Death’ by Marianne Stoke. Haenuli found it fascinating how death and depression were expressed in various forms throughout history.
Using this as inspiration, Haenuli went on to create these death-inspired love comics to help deal with depression.
“I started to draw, to learn to accept myself through silly doodles…something with humor that could comfort me…I’m surprised by the positive response to my drawings, especially the ‘skeleton and maiden’ piece. Perhaps it’s because people can relate to it.”
“Dark things can give comfort…in this case, even depression because it knows [me] so well.”
Browse through some of Haenuli’s illustrations below and see more over on Instagram account ‘haenulishop’. The artist aspires to release a book of the drawings soon.
[via Bored Panda, images by Haenuli and featured with permission]
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