Name: Amaranthia Sepia
Location: New Hampshire, USA
Website: AmaranthiaSepiaArtworks.Art https://linktr.ee/_cutiehipsterart_
Artist Title: Comic Artist, Illustrator, Character Designer
Amaranthia Sepia (@emobunnycomic) is a mental health advocate, comic artist, illustrator, and character designer of African-American and Caribbean (Bajan) descent. Her mediums are focused on ink and digital art. She is also a budding art coordinator with a focus on minority inclusive, unconventional activist artworks. Sepia was previously a lead organizer/art coordinator and the lead on media outreach for the grassroots collective ARTivism Initiative, and was an artist and collaborator for LA mental health non-profit, The Painted Brain, for their disability art show, “Discovering a Place for Us.” Her advocacy includes using art to raise awareness about mental health/illness and Black health disparities.
Representation of Black people/Black women and women's experiences are crucial parts of her artwork and art coordination. As a Black woman with invisible illnesses, Sepia feels it's critical to use her voice and pen to create the representation of her and many others long to see. She's developing a mental health comic, "Emo Bunny," about a bunny girl whose anxiety is personified as a monster. Her series, "Surviving in Isolation: The Black Mental Health Experience," illustrates how Black people face discrimination in mental healthcare.
When Sepia faced racism due to bullying in American public school after returning from Japan, she found peace by making comics based upon fond memories of Tokyo. Bullying worsened her health, forcing her to enter online school. Soon after, Sepia developed an anti-bullying traveling solo art show titled "I'm Proud of Who I Am," occurring between ages 13-16. This began her activist work.
Curls and Curves (Celebrating Shades of Black Beauty)
Series: “Protect Black Women"
"Black women are so unprotected & we hold so many things into protect the feelings of others without considering our own. It might be funny to y'all on the internet and just another messy topic for you to talk about, but this is my real life, and I'm real-life hurt and traumatized." -Megan Thee Stallion
This piece is a personal work in collaboration with my Mom, Claire Jones (clarityisjustsohip.com). It's been in development for ten months. While developing the concept, a lot of emotional turmoil emerged. I experienced back-to-back mistreatment in volunteer positions, severe misogynoir within my family, my emotional support cat diagnosed with hereditary gum disease, and ongoing panic attacks ultimately leading to several months of depression.
I feel Black women are always looking for a place of security. I think that so many Black women are neglected, lost, and can never find a place that's accepting and empathetic- a place to rest and not feel like we have to handle constant burdens. We're so unprotected, and it's painful to see and experience firsthand. To view so many Black male idols getting away with mistreatment of Black women and girls, the disregard of our humanity, the lack of accountability is abhorrent. The only time a few of these celebrities get taken down is if they harm a group with more social influence, privilege, or power than Black women. My Mom and I always feel like we're floating, and when we find a place that might be accepting, we're fearful it's just an illusion, and we'll be hurt again by misogynoir. The harm we face in the Black community doesn't help. If our community- our own home- doesn't protect us and take accountability for the hyper-masculinity, toxic masculinity, and patriarchal, homophobic mindsets rampant within Black culture, then who will?
"Emo Bunny: Anxiety Monster" in "Anomie"
- A Four Page Comic
"Emo Bunny: Anxiety Monster," is a comic about anxiety disorders. Sarah, nicknamed "Emo Bunny," suffers from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). She illustrates my own experiences with GAD. Her anxiety appears as a monster who becomes stronger as she becomes stressed. Many sufferers feel their anxiety is a monster's voice in their head.
"Anomie" is the first full-length comic. It's Sarah's origin story on how bullying, oppression, and ostracization led to her mental illness. It's based on my personal story of facing racism/bullying in an all-white community. When reaching out to my own Black community, I was rejected due to being open about invisible illness and being Buddhist. My anti-bullying/anti-racism project, "Do You Know Who I Am?" addressed racism and my own experiences in my school, but I was ostracized by teachers and the principal. I became homeschooled online. This led to an identity crisis.
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Hidden Demons of Anxiety Series: Mask 3
- Memories of Trauma