Dustin the Tiger
“Dustin the Tiger” is about a zoo tiger who struggles with depression. He is slowly on his way to recovery through exercising and (occasionally) socializing. However, there is a major setback to him finding happiness. That is, Jojo the Koala, a toxic former friend of Dustin’s, keeps showing up. With this fluffy ball of menace constantly pestering Dustin, can the tiger return to a happier mental state?
The journey of Dustin the Tiger is loosely based off my own personal experiences with self-harm, as well as depression in general. Although the depression was biological (that is, genetically inherited) negative influences from toxic people have caused more severe depressive episodes, which included me cutting myself.
On view at Stamps Gallery
This work is featured as part of Adapt: The 2019 Stamps Senior Show, unfolding during the month of April in four exhibition sites throughout the city of Ann Arbor: the Michigan Theater, Duderstadt Video Studio, the Art & Architecture Building, and Stamps Gallery. Each space will host key exhibition events including film/video screenings, live performances, and opening receptions. Check the exhibition page for dates, times and hours.