Reading about the genesis of creative projects in the words of their creators always brings an extra level of insight into the themes and creative decisions behind their work. To actually watch them talking about their practice, however, adds a whole new layer of empathy and connectivity to the proceedings. And today you get just that opportunity as artist Nic Mac speaks in this video film about her mental health awareness zine ØMIT, the first in a planned series.
Nic is one of this year’s Broken Frontier ‘Six Small Press Creators to Watch’. Last year I reviewed ØMIT, which uses striking visual metaphor in its exploration of issues of anxiety and depression, and said of it: “ØMIT is unsettling but not unhopeful, dreamlike but nevertheless rooted in a symbolic reality that many readers will no doubt find familiar.”
Check out the video below as Nic speaks with a reassuring and eloquent candour about the autobiographical aspects of the strip and its origins. And then if you haven’t already bought a copy visit her online store and remedy that. After all, I’ve made no secret of the fact that I think there’s something very special emerging here from a truly exciting new talent in our creative community who you all need to be keeping a very close eye on.
You can visit Nic Mac’s site here and her online store here. You can also follow her on Twitter and on Instagram.