Hazey May lives in Toronto, Ontario, and is a member of Workman Arts. Art and craft became a way for her to clarify her thoughts, express herself, work through difficult emotions, highlight injustic... e, and make herself laugh while dealing with the ups and downs of life. She is a self-taught artist, learning on her own from watching YouTube videos, and has taken adult education classes. She also writes fiction and creative non-fiction that have appeared in the Dying Dahlia Review.
As a Mad (or mentally ill, survivor, and/or ex-patient) artist, she looks for ways to showcase and convey how aspects of Madness and Recovery are woven into the everyday. Some of the themes she explores include monotony, gender, death, sexuality, relationships, poverty, stigma, and the less examined aspects of “being sick.” The thought processes behind her art are vital and she uses photography, collage, editing software, sculpture, prose, found objects, and performance to get those concepts across.
She began using photography after her partner purchased a new camera and gave her his Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. She creates honest narratives that often use contemporary and staged photography techniques, in hopes that others will feel that someone is bearing witness to experiences they consider deeply personal, but are more often than not, universal.