The theme of this series is mental healing. It is inspired by my observation that because of the pandemic, people are less socially engaged and are more exposed to the internet. However, social media has the nature of spreading anxiety with disturbing content or misinformation, and people pay more attention to external issues rather than themselves. Thus, one must learn to reconcile – with the past, parents, or illness, and I want to remind people of their mental well-being.

I believe that mental health to one's body is like a backyard to a house. Therefore, I create a "mental" backyard in this illustration where each character sits in the center of the image and tries to reconcile with their mental problems. The flowers on the bottom create a calming impression, and different kinds of flowers have different meanings, which connect with the whole theme of the picture.

©Zhiwen(Esther)Tang 2024