This is an intimate portrayal of my aunt Arminda. She has been living with what has been diagnosed as Paranoid Schizophrenia. I am using these portraits to show her everyday struggle with this mental illness, which is now openly talked about but used to be a family secret. According to her diagnosis she is not allowed to work or have a social life like other people with her condition sometimes can. She is very aware of her weight.
My intention with this work is to talk about mental illness. Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder affecting 20 million people worldwide.