Artist Scarlett Raven has created an augmented reality painting called ‘One In Four’, which was last week auctioned at Mind’s inaugural Gala Dinner and raised an impressive £13.5K which will will kick-start the fundraising needed for growing Mind’s activities aimed at children and young people needing mental health support.
Scarlett is a successful 30-year-old fine artist who incorporates digital media and collaging within her work. She is the first oil painter to work in the world of augmented reality, revealing the deeply personal process involved in creating her art.
Scarlett chose to support Mind after experiencing severe anxiety for a number of years. The name of the portrait, ‘One in Four’ references the fact that one in four people will experience a mental health problem each year.
Augmented reality invites the viewer to scan the finished painting using an app called Blippar. The app strips away the layers of paint to reveal the creative journey beneath.
“Painting has been a form of self-therapy without me even realising it. It has allowed me to breath. My heart rate changes when I paint. It’s very meditative. Painting has kept me alive.”
‘One In Four’ also features embedded self-portraits of other like-minded people. With help from Mind, Scarlett reached out to the charity’s members and gathered ‘selfies' of those who wished to be enshrined within the painting. Over 500 people submitted images and each one is featured beneath the surface.
Scarlett continues: “Knowing that other people have the same fears the same problems has really helped me. I'm able to look at them with admiration and be inspired by them. I am so proud to have raised a significant sum for Mind.”
Chief Executive of Mind, Paul Farmer CBE says: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to Scarlett for painting this incredible piece. It is absolutely stunning and has not only raised vital funds for us but will also help to raise awareness of mental health problems, which affect one in four people in the UK every year."
To find out more about Scarlett’s support for Mind, read her blog on the Huffington Post here.