“Active military and veterans place their lives on the line for the safety of our country. However, many who offer their service come back home with more than just physical scars, having experienced the ill effects of combat and other traumatic events. This can lead to feelings of isolation and inability to connect intimately with family and friends. In certain cases this can also lead to PTSD, with many turning to alcohol and drugs in order to decompress.”
After seeing many veteran friends return from duty depressed, anxious and addicted to pharmaceuticals, military artist Corban Lundborg felt inspired to create a visual project to shed light on this unpopular topic.
Corban knew this was a topic that needed to be confronted head on. He wanted to illustrate the pain, the loneliness, and the helplessness felt by troops dealing with depression and PTSD.
The series “Pharmed” consists of three 9″ by 12″ wood panels painted with spray paint and acrylic.
Corban painted service members trapped and consumed by pharmaceutical drugs, often overly prescribed by military doctors.
A final video was created by Corban to showcase his process behind the construction of this project.
Yesterday nearly 22 veterans were lost to suicide. That makes the war at home more dangerous than all of our combat missions around the world. Let’s end the stigma surrounding Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury. Let’s end the silence. Lets save our veterans.
Corban is an ambassador with Mission 22, an organization working to combat this mental war on our troops.