Trauma Art: Faceless

It’s time for some Trauma Art.
I have selected several real-life trauma prompts – from my own life or those around me – and have created fiction and art for each.

This Week’s Prompt:
Prosopagnosia – Faceless

ALT Text: A person and their reflection – their reflection has no mouth or eyes.

Explanation Time:

This is a personal prompt for me, so I decided to give the character my hair!
As someone with Prosopagnosia, I have difficulties seeing faces. But what most people don’t realise is that it includes my face.
I’m not sure how common it is for people with Prosopagnosia to have facial dysmorphia, but mine is likely a combination of trauma and my eating disorder.

I didn’t fully draw myself for the simple reason: I struggle to see my own face. Yes, I can see the shape, so I did aim for someone who has a round-ish face, and I added a nose bump on the bridge since I have one, too. So, besides the hair, this person doesn’t look like me, but they’re not supposed to. If I tried to do a self-portrait, I don’t think that would look like me because of my condition.

I could’ve done so many different things for this prompt, but one of the most horrifying moments with my Prosopagnosia was when I started to lose the ability to see my own face.

If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and seen someone standing behind you that you didn’t know was there, leading you to scream like a little girl, then you’ll understand the level of terror I regularly have when I look in the mirror and see the remnants of my face.
Everyone looks like sock puppet/slenderman monsters, and seeing my face dissolve into that was scary, to say the least.
Safe to say: I don’t like looking in the mirror.

And that’s it. Stay tuned for more horror and trauma content coming in the remaining days of October!

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