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Mental Health Awareness Art Exhibit

All the art done here is by people with mental illness. I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and have been diagnosed with a lot of other things in the process. I use art to express my thoughts and emotions and i do not think my art would be nearly as good had i not suffered from PTSD.
Enjoy the Mini Show

there was a room to do art on a scroll, so i participated in that...

more under the cut
the flower is by me

the one on the right is by me. i do not like how it was displayed with the light coming through, but whatever...


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May. 29th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
Did you ever seen the cat portraits by Louis Wain?

Link: http://www.neatorama.com/2006/02/21/louis-wains-schizophrenic-art/
May. 29th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
yeah, i saw a few of them in my abnormal psychology book for college
May. 29th, 2009 07:55 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed looking at these paintings. My son painted 10 or more years ago when he used to smoke pot, then he stopped pot and didn't paint any more!

He has painted aboriginal dot art, maori tribal, copied Masters from small to a large size (I have some on my walls) and naive art. He is starting again, as I speak, with naive art. Has 40 tubes of colour, canvasses and I can't wait to see his first one ..:)
May. 29th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
that's great that your son is starting painting again. i think pot has contributed to my art a lot and is one of the reasons i don't wanna give it up, but i did do art before i started smoking, so it's not totally unthinkable.
but yeah, i think pot messes with your mind similarly to mental illness and opens up a part of your brain that someone without mental illness might not have access to. it's interesting.
May. 30th, 2009 08:49 am (UTC)
God, these are brilliant. I genuinely love them all. Especially the drawing of a study with only the artist's feet in the frame...That's the best idea for a self portrait I've ever seen.

You know, I've had my own forays into mental illness - still do and will, that won't change, I fear - and it appears to me that in a large part, the opinion of "healthy" people (and this is a wild generalisation, of course) is that mental illness equals mental ineptitude; that you are somehow less of a person - less good, less worthy, less human - if you suffer from any of the disorders that fall under the "mental illness" umbrella.

These works prove that that idea is just not true. How can it be? There is nothing more beautiful and flawed than a human being, and nothing other than a human being can create art such as this. Just because we can't all fit into the boxes that others want us to fall into, doesn't mean that we are not worthy of praise or can't have brilliant talent bestowed upon us.

End of rant.
May. 30th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
i agree very much. i have friends who say i shouldn't talk about my mental illness because it scares people and makes them think less of me, but my intention is to show that i am not any less than anyone. i am human. i may have less skills in socializing and whatnot, but i shine in other areas. i understand a lot more than most people, but because of that i seem like a freak. what can you do? you know?
i'm glad you liked the art. it was a cool exhibit
May. 31st, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
That's the one...

Besides, if people have a problem with your mental illness, that's their issue, not yours.
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