The symbolism that lies behind collage is important to me: it begins with the destruction of something beautiful, turning it into chaos and then reconstructing it into beauty once more. Throughout the process of creating, I find myself able to explore topics, like mental illness and female sexuality, which can be difficult. I use images of myself as a tool to demonstrate the assumptions projected onto female-identifying persons and persons dealing with mental illness. I am constantly assessing imagery around me to seek out my next project with inspiration most frequently coming from lived experience. Ultimately, my art gives meaning to experiences that words cannot explain.
Josie White is a Salt Lake City, Utah based multimedia artist. Josie believes that self portraits are an important storytelling tool that show insight into both personal and public life. Using combined methods of collage, painting, and photography, Josie explores stigmatized topics like female sexuality and mental illness. Josie hopes that her art will encourage spectators to think critically about the world around them and the complex intertwining relationship between spoken and unspoken stigma.