Josiane Keller - Kathryn painted standing by a wall
Kathryn (23)

“My mother passed away, my father was abusive. My friends got sick of me, I moved to Portland, nowhere to live. I found OUTSIDE IN and got the mental and emotional support I need. 

Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays I stay at OUTSIDE IN for breakfast and walk to the library at one. I go back to lunch and stay til 6m, doing activities with staff. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I go to the library and hang out til meal times or therapy.
Saturdays are the hardest days for me because OUTSIDE IN is closed and it’s hard to find anything to keep myself productive.

I am schizo-affective. I think about that so much, it’s not fun. I say. Do, hear things that I don’t realize I’m doing. I was abused growing up, not so much physical, but mentally and emotionally and verbally.”


*The question where her figure is set Kathryn answered like this:

“The area I am in is very white, glowing WHITE, mirrors are everywhere reflecting all my movements, facial expressions, body gestures, EVERYWHERE I go I can’t escape from me. Above are long fluorescent lights much like the ones seen in hospitals, they are fastened to the ceiling.
Each reflection of myself echoes a different emotion at me, screaming, one is crying, one is curled up and catatonic, one is laughing at me chaotically, another is very happy.”

Kathryn painted standing by a wall | 2012 | Each reflection of myself echoes a different emotion at me - 20 Heroes from the City of Roses | Tags: , ,