What is the Hidden Faces project? It’s a daring body painting and photography project to visualize the deeply personal, internal torment that is experienced with mental illness.
Do you suffer or have you suffered from mental illness? Are you willing to bravely reveal your “hidden face”?
“Real life” models who struggle with any form of mental illness
BE INVOLVED! We are searching for:
(scroll down to submit your application and learn more)
“A smile can coverup more than makeup can.” This is something I say often when I speak about mental health. A smile can hide so many confused feelings…and even pain. It’s the mask that nearly all of us who struggle with mental illness wear on a daily basis to conform to the expectations of society, while guarding ourselves from judgement and shame. I got so good at wearing my “mask” that, when I finally began revealing my true self and my true battle of depression and daily anxiety that were hidden behind my smile, nearly every response I received was “I had no idea!”. Since founding the charity, ‘Here’s Your Reminder Project’, I have spoken to many people, both directly and indirectly, affected by mental illness. I found that I’m not alone in this. I also learned that even though there are similarities in the symptoms for mental illness, each person experiences them differently.
I am often asked, “What does your anxiety feel like?”…”What does depression really feel like?”…”How can I support my loved one, when I don’t know what they are feeling?” I try my best to describe the intense, soul consuming symptoms that are experienced when I’m triggered. For a while, I have wanted to find a better way to help others understand these feelings and to grasp what their loved ones are going through. And I also wanted to help those that struggle, know that they aren’t alone. This project is to visualize the unseen. I want to expose the hidden face of mental health challenges in an effort to spread awareness, get people talking and allow those who have suffered in silence for so long to embrace their pain and take back control on their terms.” -Susie Price, Founder of Here’s Your Reminder Project and mental health advocate
The plan: We are teaming up with talented, local artists to create a visual representation of “What does my struggle feel like”. This will be done through body painting and projected images. We will use real life people, who struggle with all forms of mental illness, to show what they feel inside when the symptoms are at full blast. The real life struggles of our “models” will be turned into a visual story on their body, revealing their hidden face. We are then going to photograph these artistic examples to build a daring, thought-provoking gallery show.
Be our muse/model: Nominate yourself to be one of our muse/models! We are looking for volunteers to be our inspiration and canvas for these depictions of mental health struggles. If you are chosen, you will be teamed up with a talented, professional artist ready to tell your story. The muse will describe the feeling of how their struggle feels to them. Then, together, the artist and muse will develop a visual depiction of their hidden face, using their body as the canvas. When the visual story is complete, our collaborative partner and professional photographer will capture pictures to preserve the art for a gallery showing.
Please know that our highest priority is to protect the dignity and even identity of our models. We know this will require vulnerability on the part of our model. A safe space will be created to make everyone feel comfortable with their contribution to this important project. We will ensure that each session is in a private location. Everyone involved will be a professional, including the body artists and photographers.
Requirements to be a model:
1) You need to be available September 28th and/or 29th. You will be assigned a specific date as we get closer.
2) Be aware that your session can take between 4-6 hours. Your will need to be available for the full time.
3) Dependability and being on time is crucial.
4) Be comfortable and open to the type of art and photographs that will be done, which will include tasteful partial or full nudity. Requests to protect your modesty and identity will be considered and honored, if necessary.
5) You must be 18 years old or older.
NOTE: The deadline to submit your nomination to be a model/muse is Sept. 15, 2019.
Be an artist: We still have a few openings for body artists, as well as graphic designers. To be considered, please click on the link below and complete the form, then you will be contacted to discuss the details and answer any questions that you may have.
Videographer: We are looking for two volunteers to capture the behind the scenes moments and personal stories to create a video documenting the project.
Photographer: We are looking for photographers to capture behind the scene moments of the day.
Project Volunteers: Do you want to be a part of this incredible project, but not sure you want to be a model/muse? We are in need of volunteers to be “day of” assistants, prop and decor designers, etc. To volunteer, click the link below and fill out the form. We will contact you to discuss the details and answer any questions that you may have.
Sponsor: You can help make a difference by sponsoring the Hidden Faces Project with monetary or other in-kind donations. Please complete the form and submit your interest. You will be contacted to discuss details and answer any questions.
Please help us expose the hidden faces of mental health challenges. We can start the awkward conversations that lead to understanding, support and healing.