6 Medicine Bottles, Hanging on the Wall

2017 Mixed media sculptures Detail Images: Screw Loose Aluminium Screws & Resin Stating the obvious a little, this refers to the common term “They’ve got a screw loose”. Perhaps this comments on the stigma surrounding mental health. Gold Dust 9ct Gold Leaf & Resin Referring to having a decent medication that finally works, which psychiatristsContinue reading “6 Medicine Bottles, Hanging on the Wall”

Heads Spinning Not Winning

It feels weird when you’re on a ward, taking medicine in a new place and for some the first time. It’s sterile, it’s uncomfortable and personally, it’s not pleasant. For some reason these cups represent something personal to me and I cannot put my finger on exactly what that something is. The idea of theContinue reading “Heads Spinning Not Winning”

Dialogues Symposium

Today I attended the Fine Art Dialogues Symposium at Norwich University of the Arts. Noel Douglas talked about this image, which I found particularly powerful as it is depicting how DWP can treat disabled people. This visual representation resonated with me as it sometimes feels like people with disabilities are left to struggle without muchContinue reading “Dialogues Symposium”

Plants for positive mental health

I have a few coping mechanisms and one of them is keeping cacti and succulents – There is something about looking after plants that is rewarding, perhaps keeping something alive other than myself. Watching a plant grow over time is a comfort and it is enjoyable to nurture something that is alive.

But Who Is the Illest?

2017 Digital Image Lately I’ve been wondering why amongst the mental health community there is so much competition to have the most symptoms, the roughest deal in life or who is struggling the worst. It’s so so easy to focus on all things negative, but why is there a need to feel like you haveContinue reading “But Who Is the Illest?”

Plastered

2017 Plasters / polystyrene This piece is about mental health being treated by quick fixes – it is assumed that a psychological problem can be solved by chucking medication at someone or by doing talking therapy, when in fact it is much more difficult and complex. There is no ‘cure’ for many conditions and theyContinue reading “Plastered”