Disordered Sates: Artist – Liz Atkin
Liz Atkin is an artist based in London. She has Compulsive Skin Picking, a complex physical and mental disorder, but reimagines the body-focused repetitive behaviour and anxiety into drawings, photographs, and performances. She’s an award winning mental health advocate and speaker, raising awareness for the disorder around the world. Liz has exhibited and taught in the UK, Europe, Australia, USA, Singapore and Japan. She has given away more than 17,000 of her free #CompulsiveCharcoal newspaper drawings to commuters on public transport in London, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Cologne and more. Her work has featured on TEDx, BBC News, Apple, Huffington Post, Mashable, Channel News Asia, Radio 4 Women’s Hour, Women’s Health USA and more. She is ambassador for The Big Draw Festival 2019: Drawn to Life, focusing on the role of creativity for health and wellbeing. She received the Unstoppable Spirit Award for Outspoken Advocacy at the TLC Global Conference for Skin Picking and Hair Pulling Disorders in San Francisco in 2018, and was a finalist in the Janey Antoniou Award with Rethink Mental Illness.