Karin Jervert is a lesbian fine artist, writer, and psychiatric survivor labeled Bipolar at 21. She is currently working on a memoir exploring the medicalization of suffering and the parallel loss of language around emotional pain. Her work explores empathy, identity, normalization of suffering, and the power of creative expression to transform trauma, particularly the types of trauma inflicted by the psychiatric industry. Her study of Buddhism and improvisational comedy find their way into her work as well. Karin currently works for Mad in America.