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Emily McGuigan


McGuigan plans on pursuing Art Therapy as a career after she completes her senior year at West Chester University. Art has been her own form of therapy as McGuigan has suffered with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder throughout her life. Her recent series, Serotonin, is a visual representation of experiencing the highs and lows of a serotonin imbalance that causes anxiety and depression. The juxtaposition of the warm and cool colors and the intense contrast in the pieces represent the spectrum of emotions that are associated with the disorders. McGuigan considers her body of work as a looking glass; viewers are given entryway into her states of mind and find a reflection of their own. She aims to use color and mark-making to express moments where she recognizes a powerful emotion in herself that translates to the viewer.