Arterie Fine Arts
Peel Open the Window
Digital Photography
30" x 20"
Awarded 1st Prize

Jackie Stevens

There is a certain draw to enter an abandoned building and photograph.

This particular undisclosed location is an abandoned psychiatric hospital.
Patients are sequestered in small rooms with views out to the open.
As the warm sun is setting on the opposite wall, one can’t help but wonder,
how this person felt, what was their day like, what were their thoughts.

Focusing on the peeling paint fragments in the confined corner, they appear like wrapped cocoons, where butterflies
will later take flight. A reminder of life’s delicate nature of mind and spirit, hoping these patients were taken care of, or simply understood.

The mind is delicate like life itself.

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