DEPICTING THE INVISIBLE
post - trau· mat· ic stress dis· or· der noun.
A condition of persistent mental and emotional stress occurring as a result of injury or severe psychological
shock, typically involving constant vivid recall of the experience, with dulled responses to the outside world.
Susan J Barron’s latest work is DEPICTING THE INVISIBLE: A Portrait series of Veterans Suffering From PTSD.
Ms. Barron’s breathtaking and moving mixed media depictions are achieved through photographic imagery, paint and text. Incorporated into these photographic portraits are the veteran’s own stories in their own words. In these works, they give voice to their experience, their reality, their world.
''This body of work was inspired when I learned that 22 veterans commit suicide every day. As an artist I wanted to shine a light on this epidemic of PTSD and suicide, and provide a platform for these veterans to tell their stories.I want to give them a voice.'' says Barron.
As an artist Ms. Barron’s ultimate mission is not one of simplistic deification, but one of truthful illumination. This body of work is intended not only give voice to these warriors’ harrowing, shocking, and often hopeful stories, but to create a dialogue and community around the difficult issue of PTSD. The mission is to depict the invisible scars of war. The mission is to show these brave individuals they are not alone. The mission is to end their isolation and depict them as the hero’s they are.
Depicting the Invisible (DTI) made its world premier at the HG Contemporary gallery in New York City November 2018. At the opening of the show in NYC, the veterans were in attendance with their families, and were given a forum to speak.
DTI then traveled to Art AQUA Miami during Miami Basel December 2018.
DTI was thrilled to be at the Army and Navy Club in Washington DC from February 15- April 4 2019.
DTI is now featured in a museum for the first time at the Reece Museum in Johnson City, TN. November 5 - December 13th. We are humbled to have been on display for Veterans Day 2019 there as well.
A limited edition art book of the portrait series has been published. All proceeds from the sales will be donated to support veterans’ causes. The first edition of 100 books, all the proceeds will go to Freedom Fighters Outdoors, an amazing organization helping veterans with PTSD.