Inferno is a service user with Bipolar. She is taking medication, Lamictal and Clonazepam. It might seem a bit strange to add this but I think it’s relevant and important. Inferno is female, 35 years old and a potter by trade. She also takes part in creating other works of art, like this wonderful drawing. Inferno has signed up to the Mental Spaghetti forum as she, like me, is keen to build a community of creative service users.
“I am a 35 year old female, who just happens to be Bipolar, and an artist. I am a potter/sculptor by trade, and a dabbler at anything else that requires art supplies of any sort. Art is therapy, a pass-time, and an instinctual, absolute NEED to me. I simply must be creating something most of the time. I have been “officially” Bipolar for 5 years now. Although I know I have been most of my life. Art has been my saviour. I urge anyone, artistic or not, to try art therapy. Let those art supplies fly, you will be surprised how good it feels!”
Inferno’s website ‘The Demons Within: Being a Bipolar Artist‘. Please take a look.
Posted in Bipolar Art, Ceramics, CW, Depression, Illustration, Mental Health
Tagged art therapy, bipolar, CW, design, drawing, illustration, mental health, mhuk, nhs, therapist
It’s been a peach of a week for submissions. First we met Hendrick Pinkle, and now, for your delectation, here’s Daj Mirage. Daj is a mental health sevice-user who has been an inpatient and uses art to communicate his experiences.
You can find more of his work and thinking at his blog, ‘Not Always So’.
The image below is titled ‘A is for Acute’, and here are some words from Daj…
“First of a series that’s based on my own experience. I’m trying to capture the real sense of distress that can accompany any mental health service user.”
Posted in Art Therapy, Depression, Mental Health, Painting
Tagged art therapy, daj mirage, depression, madness, mental health, mhuk, nhs, psychiatric, service user
Posted in Art Therapy, Bipolar Art, Depression, Hendrick Pinkle, Painting, PTSD, Uncategorized
Tagged art therapy, artists, baltimore artist, bipolar, hendrick pinkle, mental health, mhuk, nhs, painters, PTSD, usa
“Art Therapy Without Borders, Inc., is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit incorporation organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and networking purposes to promote, develop, and support international art therapy initiatives and the work of art therapists worldwide. ATWB was founded in April 2010 to meet the need for an organization dedicated to a global art therapy community; the exchange of information, news, media, and resources; the development of online educational opportunities; and the advancement of collaboration and research. Our core mission is to encourage the use of art in service to others in need through art therapy, art in healthcare, and art as a form of social transformation.
The Art Therapy Alliance and International Art Therapy Organization have formed this umbrella organization to consolidate our programs, but still provide the art therapy community with a vital social network dedicated to education, research, information exchange, and service to others.”
All text and video taken from http://www.atwb.org/.
Posted in Acrylic Painting, Art Therapy, Bipolar Art, Borderline Art, Ceramics, Dementia, Illustration, Mental Health, Oil Painting, Painting, Schizophrenia, Watercolour
Tagged art therapy, artist, bipolar, borderline, drawing, group therapy, medication, mental health, mhuk, nhs, painting, schizophrenia, therapy
Marius (Bernie) Bernon is an artist living with Alzheimers. I found his work via The Society for the Arts
in Dementia Care who put out a 20 minute video called ‘Living with Dementia- an art collection’. The video coincided with an art exhibition that aimed to give a voice to people living with dementia and to raise awareness about the illness; “The exhibition promotes the right to be heard and to be valued. The permanent collection of the Society includes artworks that were produced in art sessions and in creative expression programs.” I would love to see the exhibition and more of Marius’ work, but could not find much online about it, however I did stumble across the Frye Art Museum in Seattle which has some great projects concerned with art and dementia going on.
I know that Marius lives in Canada and has many paintings on display at the Geogre Derby Centre in Burnaby. From the Care Quarterly newsletter I have found out that Marius is a WWII veteran, and a little more about The Society for the Arts in Dementia Care collection, curated by Dr. Dalia Gottlieb-Tanaka, who is also an art therapist and facilitates art sessions for those living with dementia. For a really interesting read please check out page four on the PDF of Care Quarterly.
Posted in Alzheimer's, Dementia, Marius 'Bernie' Bernon, Mental Health
Tagged alzheimer's, art, art therapy, dementia, disability, mental health, mhuk, old age, painting
The other day I stumbled across an extensive archive of work by mental health service users in the form of Breakthrough: Art in mental health. I got in touch with them straight away to say how much I admire what they are doing and I hope they wouldn’t mind me linking to some of their images. I’ve not heard anything back yet, however I have found out that linking to their images doesn’t work (because of some internets dark arts code that I do not understand) so all I can do is ask you to please go and visit their website, and search through all the galleries, read their blog and especially read their National Strategy Group page.
Here are some quick links to their galleries, split into Northern, Midlands and Southern UK artists.
Northern Artists / Midlands Artists / Southern Artists
A self-portrait of Ged Melling in his younger days. Ged was a British cartoonist, illustrator and painter who suffered from Bipolar Disorder. To find out more about Ged (now sadly deceased) click here.
Posted in Bipolar Art, Ged Melling, Ged Melling, Illustration
Tagged artist, bipolar, cartoonist, crisis, ged melling, illustrator, manic depression, mental health, mhuk, mind, nhs, painter
In 2007 Nicola Oliver suffered a mental breakdown and was subsequently diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. During her illness she produced three very emotive oil paintings. Her story is here. You can buy her artwork here. Nicola is trying to raise money to pay the costs of taking her ex-employers to a tribunal. If you like her work don’t hesitate to buy one of her prints.
‘Mental Breakdown’, oil painting, 60.5cm x 45cm, 2009
‘Recovery’, oil painting, 60.5cm x 45cm, 2009
‘Mentally Well’, oil painting, 60.5cm x 45cm, 2009
Posted in Bipolar Art, Nicola Oliver
Tagged art, art therapy, bipolar disorder, fine art, manic depression, mental health, mental spaghetti, mhuk, nhs, nicola oliver, oil paint, painting, psychotherapy