Natalie Morris (she/her)
I am a designer with a deep love for web mediums, digital experimentation, and communicating through abstraction. I find my work is driven by an interest in both self reflection and advocacy, and I strive to use my art as a mode for visual-storytelling. I enjoy analyzing the juxtaposition between technology and human psychology in my work in order to explore my own complicated relationship with the digital world.
“Emote” invites its audience to explore the contemporary relationship between healthcare, advertising, and inaccessibility through the looking glass of a dystopian future in which mental sanity has become a luxury of elite society. This installation is intended to simulate the experience of visiting a fictional healthcare company, called Emote. On the walls of the installation are print and digital advertisements that advocate for an “effortless and luxury” approach to psychiatric counseling. A website is projected on the wall which prompts the user to take a trial of Emote’s services, in which they can speak to an AI-powered robot that asks about the user’s mental wellbeing and financial background.
Through this experience, I ask the viewer: how can we acknowledge that healthcare, psychiatric resources, and mental wellness has become so inaccessible? Is emotional stability becoming commodified? With this work, I wanted to exaggerate the horrifying experience of how it feels to navigate inaccessible and classist systems within healthcare and therapy, in order to critique the capitalistic approach to mental health treatment. “Emote” intends to put the viewer into the shoes of many individuals struggling to gain access to psychiatric resources, and incite discussion around the flaws that corporatized healthcare creates today, and will continue to perpetuate in our near future.
View project website: Emote