A Polish Artist Battles His Depression By Painting Darkness And Pain

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Depression is a mental health condition characterized by hopelessness, loss of joy with life and sometimes suicidal thoughts or actions. There are many ways to treat the condition and art is one of them. Dawid Planeta is a Polish artist who battles his depression by painting.
His project is a series of works that depict a man traveling through the jungle meeting his fears and weaknesses head on along the way. The result is dark and mysterious, a perfect rendering of what depression feels like. Despite the driving force of the paintings, the work is surprisingly beautiful.
Anyone who suffers from depression is likely to relate to what the paintings show, but even someone without the illness can see beauty and poignancy in Planeta’s work. You can see more on his Tumblr account here: minipeople.tumblr.com.
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A Great Skull

“Fear is the ghost of ancient. It consumes faithless human.” ? Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut
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Rhino in the Mist

“One challenge at a time, I try to turn into the face of fear and tell it “you are not my master, you are the product of myself and I am your master.” I look into the monster’s eyes until it disappears. Then I am free.” ? Rohvannyn Shaw
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On Fire

“There may be a great fire in our soul, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.” ? Vincent Van Gogh
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Fish in the Trees

“Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, both dark and bright, and they will ensnare your soul.” ? Robert Beatty, Serafina and the Black Cloak
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On the Water

“To be wise means to know when to stay silent.” ? Kamand Kojouri
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Huge Totem

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” ? Yogi Berra
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Mystical Antlers

“Allow the power to flow through you. Don’t try to capture it. You wish only to borrow it.” ? G.G. Collins
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Spread Your Wings

“Stopping, sitting down and finding time for reflection are considered to be the most essential action related to fulfilling a human’s destination.” ? Sunday Adelaja
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Standing Tall on the Edge

“There are as many worlds as there are kinds of days, and as an opal changes its colors and its fire to match the nature of a day, so do I.” ? John Steinbeck
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Resting Before the Fall

“The deeper I go into myself the more I realize that I am my own enemy.” ? Floriano Martins
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Eyes Shining in the Dark

“Everything you can imagine is real.” ? Pablo Picasso
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Swimming in the Deep

“If size really mattered, the whale, not the shark, would rule the waters.” ? Matshona Dhliwayo
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Taking Flight

“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.” ? Pema Chödrön
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Floating in the Mist

“The stiller you are the calmer life is.” ? Rasheed Ogunlaru
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Standing Alone

“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” ? J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird
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Alone in the Dark

“I made up my mind not to care so much about the destination, and simply enjoy the journey.” ? David Archuleta
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The Great Owl

“The most important thing is this: to sacrifice what you are now for what you can become tomorrow.” ? Shannon L. Alder
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