Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that interferes with someone’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions, and relate to others. It is a complex condition that affects about 1 percent of Americans, but no matter how much we learn about the disorder, it’s impossible to know what sufferers endure on a day-to-day basis.

And that’s what makes this artist’s work so unique. One creator known as ThePsychoticArtist lives with the harsh reality of schizophrenia every day, and through her art, she allows us to take a look inside her mind.

ThePsychoticArtist’s work reveals how the world looks in her mind’s eye. Even the most mundane imagery is utterly transformed through her unique lens.

She documents the illusions that she experiences every day. This one occurred while she was visiting a local zoo.