I have Borderline Personality Disorder comorbidity with Bipolar II which gives me the ability to use my unpredictable emotions in my art. I also have dyslexia which helps much with my creative nature naturally I am a person of the right side of the brain. My goals for the future would be to keep improving and developing my art skills and become a recognised portrait artist/tattooist. This privilege of being featured on Mental Spaghetti will help to give people the opportunity to view my work and help to reduce the stigma and raise awareness for mental health.”
Art from the Margins has notified me that a panel discussion on the life of Madge Gill has been uploaded to youtube.
“Chaired By David O Flynn from Bethlem Hospital, and featuring Roger Cardinal, the coiner of the term Outsider Art, as well as Vivienne Roberts who researched into the mediumistic side of art for the retrospective. Reflecting on her work is the main focus of the discussion, as well as Outsider Art more broadly.”
“Hello. My name is Edward and I hate myself. Don’t worry, it’s nothing you’ve said or done. I always have done. I always will. I am a hateful person. The fact that other people don’t seem to hate me just makes me hate myself more. Self-loathing is my most loyal lifetime companion.
Sometimes it’s a good thing. Keeps you on the straight and narrow. Makes you respectful and mindful of other people’s feelings. Sometimes it’s the grit in the oyster that makes a pearl. Sometimes it makes me funny, because there’s only so much hatred of yourself you can contain before you have to start radiating it outwards. The other option is that you just let it destroy you. I’m not about to do that. I hate myself too much to let myself off lightly.
I have suffered with depression pretty much my entire adult life, and been treated and medicated for it for much of that time. The current drug that I am on, Sertraline, is very good in many ways. It tackles the anxiety which made me completely unable to function in any way. It’s made me more friendly and open as a result. In short, it’s given me all the tools I need to go the final few yards.
The final few yards are always the hardest, though. My cancerous self-loathing is so malign and insistent that it chewed CBT up and spat it out. It’s not something which wants to be reasoned with by my conscious self.
A lot of people have noted how cutesy, happy and child-friendly my art is. This surprises many people who know me who maybe expect a screaming black hole of darkness. All I can say is, that’s just the way it emerges. Pretty much all of it comes from my subconscious and based on what LOOKS RIGHT to me. I’m not a talented enough artist to make anything do my specific bidding, so it is what it is. I think if you look at a lot of my work again though, and just scratch the surface just right, you can see glimpses of the horrors.
I don’t want to come across like Brian Topp from Spaced, painting fear, terror and loathing. But I know that it must be in there. My art offers me hope too, though, because there’s also much in the way of happiness, positivity and humanity on display as well and that means that that must be in there too.
At the moment, though, I still hate myself. And, for the record, I hate this picture. How do you do?”
If you would like to see more of Edward’s work, please click here.
Currently on at the Mayor Gallery is an exhibition of Sylvia Plath’s black and white illustrations called ‘Her Drawings’. The exhibition features beautiful line drawings of countryside, meticulously detailed scenes of sailing boats and pots and pans as well as pretty little subjects like flowers and conkers.
It is well known that as Plath and Ted Hughes travelled around they both sketched. I’ve seen some of her drawings in biographies and other books but this is the first time the collection of drawings, done whilst on Honeymoon with Hughes in 1956, have ever been shown.
The drawings are all on sale with only 4 of 59 remaining unsold. A friend recently went to the exhibition and made the point that while it is not groundbreaking art, the work is very interesting and important, but more than anything it is your last chance to see the collection before it is sold off to various buyers and split up.
Sylvia Plath would have been 79 this year had she not taken her own life in 1963.
‘Her Drawings’ runs from November 2 until December 16 2011.
“Chato Stewart is a husband, father and mental health advocate. He is an artist and the cartoonist behind the Mental Health Humor cartoons. He creates positive, provoking, and sometimes even funny cartoons! The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with Bipolar Disorder. Mr. Chato Stewart strongly believes that there is power behind humor. His motto is humor gives help, hope and healing. His goal and mission is to tap into humor and use it as a positive tool to cope with the serious and debilitating effects of mental illness.
Chato started blogging in 2008 as part of his Mental Health Humor Project. His cartoons have been used by many in the mental health community. Currently he is blogging on Psych Central Network and BP Hope Magazine offerering his Words of The Wisdomless.
Chato B. Stewart is a Florida board Certified Recovery Peer Specialist – A (CRPS-A) and NAMI member. Chato is also the 1st place winner of the DBSA 2009 Facing Us Video Contest. In his powerful public service announcement, he tells his personal story of living with a mental illness through a montage of his cartoons. Adding to his little list of accomplishments is being part of the 2010 DBSA Stand-Up for Mental Health comedy night and being invited back for the 2011 Conference to be a Stand-Up comic in the show.”
-text taken from www.chatobstewart.com.