Emily Pattison:

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Emily Pattison
Media Arts & Sciences and Economics major
 
I believe that art is meant to spark a conversation, and by that conversation, action. By diving into topics that are timely and socially impactful, I hope my work can lead to real and tangible change in society. Often what moves mountains are the small societal steps we take as individuals in ushering in improvements. Whether it's increased empathy, awareness, or knowledge, I believe that art is at the crux of activism and social change.
 
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They're All Doing Better Now
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black hand silhouette with cartoon heart projected shadow puppet style on a white sheet
 
It is of no surprise that there is a mental health epidemic in the United States. However, in discussing how to heal and progress as a society, we need to prepare all members to collectively make progress. Losing or almost losing a friend or loved one to suicide can be a deeply confusing and heartbreaking experience. People can experience everything from sadness to guilt to betrayal to anger and more. This video hopes to educate the public watching on how to make a meaningful impact in the lives of others struggling with depression and/or suicide. From discussion how to be a powerful and positive force in supporting others who are struggling with depression, relating it to current data, studies, and statistics, this video gives a baseline and required information for supporting others who may attempt suicide. Drawing from personal experience, I want to show that there is power in simple gestures of care, and with those gestures, a seemingly powerless situation can be improved.
 
black 1/2 symbol next to black square with a white V in it, both projected shadow puppet style onto white sheet
 
black and white film still of a person sitting fully clothed in a running shower
 
 
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