You are not alone in feeling.
I sincerely hope my art does not induce a feeling of despair. Due to the subject matter, I have composed a list of resources for you so that you know there is hope & you are not alone in feeling.
MelancholiaListen on Spotify
“An artist shares intimate details regarding the symptoms of her disorder. Disclaimer: underneath a haunt pop exterior lies gut-wrenching lyrical catharsis.”
Released September 10, 2020 independently as Irene Wilde’s debut, self-produced extended play. Written in the thralls of a bipolar episode, the four tracks vividly depict mental disorder and its subsequent symptoms. It is an extended play that both shares the intimate viewpoint of an artist coping with her illness, while simultaneously being withdrawn, anxious, and impersonal.
SpleenListen on Spotify
In a hauntingly raw production of sound and lyrical gravity, an artist offers up her pain, her spleen full of the blackest bile, in hope that you may too purge yourself of this.”
Released November 20, 2020, Irene Wilde offers up her pain in Spleen. Within her first full-length album, the blackest bile is ever present. It is in the gut-wrenching honesty of the lyrics; it is in this damning sense of grief in her raw, minimalistic production. But still, despite this feeling of struggling to stay afloat in that thick, opaque liquid of heartache and sound, it pleads with you to try.
PyrrhicaeListen on Spotify
“A woman frees herself of her own stigma as she dances around that self-hating pyre she once helped build.”
Pyrrhicae is not an album that jumps for joy and exclaims that all is good and fair. It is the complicated, bittersweet love story of trying. For that hope of life and love isn’t sequestered by any amount of madness. And to have been in the muck does not nullify you from being deserving of happiness. Pyrrhicae is Irene’s dance back to herself by finding the strength to be open & unshielded to the world so that she may experience that something other: the good too.
' "She’s bold, deep, guttural and authentic... She’s not trying to be something — she just is that. That’s rare in our industry.” '
Feature | Indiana Daily Student
Interview | Divide and Conquer Interview
Pyrrhicae | Divide and Conquer Album Review
Feature | Postcard Elba
Spleen | Divide and Conquer Album Review
“I paint figures that make beautiful my own vulnerabilities. I sing about what makes me blush. This is me connecting in the way I know how. For these parts we tend to hide, they too have a desire to be known. They have a desire to be assured."
It began when I started making art that frightened me because of what it made apparent.
I feared a lot then. And to some degree still fear a lot now, but perhaps different things entirely. For I now need to continue vocalizing that which I’ve been told to hide.
Creating art has always been my way of back to self. It is confrontation through mediums – that act of forcing out how I feel, what I do not want to feel anymore, and how I miss feeling a particular way. It allows me to acknowledge that I am me – hopeful, kind, vibrant, and introverted – but I fear no one is created out of absolutes. For I contain an additional internal monologue that can be distant, bound to apathy, and yet irrefutably still very much my own. I call her Lucy and I do not believe she is the embodiment of my Bipolar I disorder but merely the part of me that is still vulnerable and needs to feel loved.
My art does not depict good or bad emotions to have – but simply expresses that they are and attempts to validate those complications. I want to implore those who view my work to emphasize not only with me, but with yourself for feeling something we can’t always quite understand. My philosophy is to not simplify the lived experience – whether or not mental illness occupies any part of that – and to express our feelings and passions in earnest so that we may work through the chaos and perhaps even find some beauty within it.