A unique and powerful graphic memoir of friendship, mental illness, and art
Alice Chipkin and Jessica Tavassoli are two 25 year-old queer women living in Melbourne, Australia. Eyes Too Dry is their debut work and first collaborative project, with Chipkin's roots in education, writing and photography, and Tavassoli's in drawing and medicine.
Their decision to make this work public was fuelled by their struggle to find stories and artwork that spoke to their experiences of encountering depression, suicidal ideation and emotional weight. And from Alice's perspective as a primary support person in particular, there was almost nothing at all. In a world that tells us to 'keep calm and carry on' the authors are offering a narrative that is vulnerable, honest and uncertain. They hope to add new ways to talk about, visualise and relate to these complex emotions.