An exhibition showing a collection of artworks that explores the intricacies of mental health, social pressures, and self-image will be held at the Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne in February.

The collection, ‘The Art of Corsage and Masking’ is from artist Miss Martha, whose artworks offer a raw and honest depiction of her personal battle with mental health and disability, along with broader themes of female portraits, fashion, corsets, and the ways in which they intersect with mental well-being. Her thought-provoking pieces are intended to initiate meaningful conversations about these important and often overlooked topics.

Through her art, Miss Martha aims to create a safe and inclusive space where these sensitive subjects can be addressed openly and honestly.

“I always found going to talk therapy and group social sessions extremely distressing but a strong connection with art therapist Robyn deVries, has guided and supported me through my teenage years to early adulthood,” she said.  “I enjoy sharing my story through art.”

The exhibition is inviting art enthusiasts, mental health and disability advocates, and the wider community to embark on a profound visual journey that celebrates the resilience and inner beauty of the human spirit.

The exhibition runs from February 4-28, at St Helliers Gallery, Abbotsford Convent, Australia’s largest art precinct that as well as a school has a studio, café and restaurants.

Photo: Miss Martha