My name is Ellen Nauwynck. I was born on the 30th of October, 1981, and live in Belgium.

From 2001 till 2012 I lived in Brussels, were I studied and worked as a graphic designer.

In 2012 I returned to my hometown Wijnendale (Torhout) with my family.

​In 2013 I experienced my first serious episode of psychosis.

In the following years four more episodes followed. 


Being creative has always been my first love but after my first episode I decided something major had to change in my live.

So I started to study and become a nurse because, besides being creative, helping people always felt like a second nature.

I work as a nurse since march 2017, but continue to struggle with my mental disorder.

I make my artwork at home as a therapy to clear my mind.

My art represents the way I think about life, the world, the universe.

Since I experienced my episodes of psychosis I am much more in touch with my self in a spiritual way.

After years of tremendous fear, anger and shame, I can finally accept myself and my psychological vulnerability.

So now I want to use my work of art to open a conversation about mental disorders

to help break the catastrophic effects of mental health stigma.

Part of the sales-profits will be invested in a project where people, going through an intens crisis,

can be guided along this experience without (or with a minimal amount of) medication.

A place where this experience is not merely seen as only a symptom of a disease to get rid of.

The crisis is a wave of unprocessed emotions floating to the surface of the mind,

not to be repressed by anti-psychotics, but to be dealt with in a humane way.




Ellen Nauwynck

Torhoutbaan 141

8480 Ichtegem


+32 473 213000

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