The Burnout Series, 2020

Burnout, defined as a form of exhaustion caused by a constant feeling of being overwhelmed and swamped, became a familiar term that saturated media sites as the mental effects of Coronavirus rampaged through society. 

Created for Encountering a New Normal, a collective of neurodivergent artists, this collection of portraits and arrangement depict the mental strain caused by Burnout. Using only cartridge paper and matches, Amelia repetitively burned and scratched layers of ash until a figurative resemblance is achieved. 

“I was feeling so overwhelmed that daily tasks like brushing my teeth would feel like hiking a mountain. Some of my friends and colleagues also reached out to me confirming they felt similar therefore I wanted to create art to show solidarity in that it’s okay to take a break and recharge.”