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This artist uses art to control her skin picking disorder

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Feb 10, 2017, 7:26 pm IST
Updated Feb 10, 2017, 7:26 pm IST
The south London-based artist suffers from Dermatillomania that makes her pick her skin excessively
The 40-year-old artist has been suffering from the disorder for the past 20 years and started drawing to take her mind off the skin picking. (Photo: Instagram/liz_atkin)
 The 40-year-old artist has been suffering from the disorder for the past 20 years and started drawing to take her mind off the skin picking. (Photo: Instagram/liz_atkin)

Artists are born naturally with their perfect brush strokes and vision to create magic on a canvas; it is rarely used as a remedy to treat a disorder. However, a London-based visual artist is using art to stop herself from picking her skin and she has created several masterpieces.

According to a report in the Metro, 40-year-old artist Liz Atkin decided to use her love for heart to help her from a disorder she had. The disorder called Dermatillomania is a compulsive habit where the girl feels like picking on her skin excessively, leading to damage of the skin. The artist who is suffering from the disorder for over two decades decided to use the compulsive feeling to create artwork through charcoal and other methods. Liz who considers the habit as bad decided to deal with the issue and started photographic artwork based on how it felt to deal with the disorder.

 

Liz uses latex, clay or acrylic paint to depict the skin in her art and it also helped her to come to terms with her illness. The artist is now an advocate for the disorder and is busy going about giving presentations along with her art. However, it was a friend who had gifted her charcoal sticks to keep her busy and to help her stop having panic attacks.

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