13 paintings that show what social anxiety feels like

13 paintings that show what social anxiety feels like

If you’ve ever wanted to hide in the tall grass or in a tapestry of flowers, than you might relate to the characters in Monica Rohan paintings. In each of the works below, we see at least one figure that is paired with an amorphous and highly-patterned shape — a crochet blanket in one, a patterned dress in another.

In the video below, the artist talks about the importance of patterns in her work, describing it a both obsessive and meditative. She reveals the deep feelings of social anxiety that the works represent, and shares how the paintings have become a way for create a dialogue with other who share similar feelings.

Rohan is represented by Jan Murphey Gallery in Queensland, Australia.

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