Seven Stages began as my process of working through healing from mental illness when verbal language did not suffice. I turned to visual and tactile sensations in order to communicate emotions to the viewer in sensory terms. The use of Abstract Art and imagery inspired by Rorschach inkblots stemmed from the history of skepticism reserved for Abstract Art, the Rorschach Test, and mental illness. By using a variety of unusual materials, I create a process of making that reflects the struggles of healing due to the mental, emotional, and physical labor required to reach a resolution. The use of intimate scale encourages the viewer to pause and contemplate the emotions they feel. Ultimately, these sculptures and prints act as an emotional bridge to the viewer. This provides individuals who have not dealt with mental illness a starting point to empathize with those who may be suffering.