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The deflated disco ball has emerged as a totem for mental health in Malia Gomez’s ongoing body of work, Anxiety Monster. Functioning as a self-portrait for many, the deflated disco underscores that no matter how deflated we find ourselves in life, we still have an inner light to shine out to the world.

Original artwork by Malia Gomez

Shown in the Museum of the Southwest

Acrylic on birch wood panel

9x12 in

Deflated Disco on Chratreuse

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