"Van Gogh" is a personal response to the way I've seen depression and mental illness affect many artists I look up to and how they dealt with these issues through their art. I've dealt with this for many years myself and reached a point where I didn't want to be surrounded in sadness and negativity, and wanted to remember that while it can be cathartic and helpful to write about our pain, it's important not to lose sight of all the beauty and joy in life as well, which is just as valuable subject material.
Mantos, Rachel R., "Van Gogh" (2021). Poetry Slam 2021. 4.