Annaleena Keso

Depression is my middle name. Okay it’s actually not, my middle name is Elina, but it might as well be. For the past decade I have had an ongoing battle with the aforementioned psychological disorder; some battles have been won, some I have lost. Because of the chronic nature of my depression the metaphorical war, however, will never be done. These experiences with the “noonday demon”, as the great Andrew Solomon calls it, have informed and inspired my practice. I make work to understand myself, my mental illness and how it affects those around me. I also make work to justify the existence of my demons, it is my way of making peace with them and transforming the trauma they have given me into something tangible, something real. 


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