Creativity and mental illness have long been known to go hand in hand. Those who feel too much, who think too much, who are too much, just tend to create too much as well.
Creativity seems to be the cure to mental illness. It walks away from you with something to be proud of, something you hope may motivate you again in the future, when you’re feeling less blue, or maybe less scattered. Much has been written about creativity and mental illness, everyone wants to know the connection, to figure out why and how are these people capable when they can’t even function? I would like to probe that maybe this is their prime reason for functioning: to create. If we let the mentally ill use their creativity rather than oppress them into “worthless” and “low-grade” work, what would our culture look like? Our society? Our world?
Mentally Ill Art illustrates the unraveling of a mind and the lead-up to it’s breakdown. It is not for the light of heart, but for those who have struggled. One who is in the throws of mental illness is caged within their lack of control. Therefore, their moods and perceptions overwhelm their behaviors. In effect, no one sees the person when the illness takes center-stage, bowing as it twirls and nosedives the survivor’s entire life into chaos and destruction. Psychiatric facilities are operating at full capacity as suicidal thoughts are sweeping over humanity. Fear riddles patients who scream and laugh and weep. By visualizing our neurotic symptoms through surreal expressionism, we come to face them. When facing them, we begin a conversation. This conversation leads to healing.
This collection was drawn with Winsor & Newton ink pens on bristol paper. All ink drawings are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.
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