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Melissa Spitz Captures Her Mother’s Battle With Mental Illness and Substance Abuse In a Powerful Series

Posted by on April 22, 2018 | Photographer Interviews

In her series “You Have Nothing To Worry About,” photographer Melissa Spitz, who received her MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2014, captures her mother’s struggles with mental illness and substance abuse. The series is on view at the SCAD Museum of Art through April 29, 2018.

In the work, Spitz captures both the brightness and the darkness that marks her mother’s existence. In doing so, she provides a welcome reprieve for anyone who has loved someone with a mental illness.

“The project became a buffer, a way to isolate horrible moments into tiny squares of digital material that I could make sense of later,” she wrote in an Instagram post about the series. Spitz’s Instagram is a diary; in 2017, she was named Time magazine’s Instagram Photographer of the Year.

To learn more about the series, visit SCAD Museum of Art’s website.

Below is a selection of images from “You Have Nothing To Worry About.” All images © Melissa Spitz, and courtesy SCAD.