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Mind: OCD

Learning some generalised information about OCD. I used the charity Mind to learn this information as there objective is to teach people about different disorders and to help people understand.

Material found here.

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Zaklina Anderson

The mood of these images is what draws me to them, the ethereal and ghostly qualities are attracting and arresting. The need to understand and analyse the possible meanings and symbolism within the images causes me to keep coming back to them. Anderson explains that her work intends to provoke loneliness and melancholy through the layering of landscape and figures and the eerie shade of colour- or lack of colour.

Perhaps the mood of these images are too soft in effect and atmosphere to elicit a strong empathetic reaction that I intend to evoke within this project but perhaps the detached and disorientated aesthetic could be experimented with alongside some form of contrast.

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Clary Estes

The work produced in Clary Estes’ project ‘My Diaspora’ explores the idea of the present being interrupted by memories. Estes’ uses collage to compare different moments by using contrasting images- black & white and colour. The layering shows disconnection through the absent space produced by the extra image. This technique can be used to represent many different ideas and concepts.

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I really like the clean-cut lines of this type of collage, the seams of each layer are sharp and create a distinct single image. This highlights the contrast of the images as your eye tries to work out the disruption in the image. There also seems to be a lot of symbolism with the placement and choice of images, each aspect is chosen specifically in order to meet a certain need.

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Hearing Voices of Support

Hearing Voices of Support is an art installation produced with the aim to bring awareness and support to those with schizophrenia. The installation is an interactive work of art incorporating light, image and audio along with people detailing their experiences with schizophrenia-related brain disorders.

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Sensors activate recordings of both audio and video of people affected by schizophrenia, these sensors are activated when people stand in specific spots around a room. Adding these elements ensure the audience will be fully absorbed and connected to the people within the recordings due to their positioning to the visuals.

I really like the idea of incorporating both audio and visuals and the addition of light into this exhibit has a way of creating further intimacy and connection to the content, however, I feel that this installation could have been pushed further artistically. The form of light used is oversimplistic, the addition of this element could have been used with more effect.

The installation also included exit interviews and surveys to analyse and understand the impact the experience had on each individual. This information provides further content and development. The art pieces effect continues even after the installation comes to a close.

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Erin Case

This artist uses collage to remove and manipulate the human form. Her combination of human form and natural forms add interest and contrast to some beautiful imagery. The lack of identity for these forms implies that these forms are unimportant.

I really enjoy the high saturation of colour that really makes the images pop and the collage element stand out. Having the division be so prominent makes the removal of the form’s identity the focus of the image.

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I would like to experiment with photography within this project as its something I haven’t really done much before. I will definitely experiment with the combination of photography and transparency as I think they will be able to influence each other in different ways. I enjoy the look of urban photography so I will have a look at some artists who work in urban areas and cityscapes.

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Stef Driesen

This artist uses lack of identity in a different way but I love the process and colour palette of his work. His paintings represent sensuality and organic forms. His use of earthy flesh tones really emphasises the human touch and intimacy of the shapes within the paintings.

 

Though the emotional content evoked in his paintings are not relevant for my project I feel that the lack of identity for the forms bring a gap within the narrative that allows the audience to become a part of the images. This is something I hope to do within my project, allow the audience to connect and recognise themselves within the art. Disconnection from the work creates distance from the issues that I want to present.

 

I will definitely experiment with this form of painting and I want to experiment with colour palettes to see how I can affect the outcome of an image. I also enjoy the way the negative space and emptiness has been used in these images.

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George J Harding

Harding’s work experiments with mental health in ways that are varied and effective. He often uses images that are concealed or obscured in some way, for me this forms a layer/bubble of isolation and disconnection. This seems to be a connection to one of the experiences of mental illness, the feeling of seclusion from being different and misunderstood. We are viewing a small part of a bigger picture that we cannot understand or are being hidden from. Calling attention to this issue will help to identify ways of improving our behaviours with mental illness.

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A large portion of his work includes the concept of a lack of identity. This series of images play with the distortion of self-portraits. The colour choices are stunning, spanning a large collection of atmospheres: Vivid colours to denote positivity and hypersensitivity and dim/murky tones to show the loneliness and detachment that can result from dissociation.

He has also addressed mental health in a much more direct way, producing portraits of people that have personally helped him through his experience of mental illness. The portraits are more informative and factual rather than emotional renditions. The images are not injected with extremities of personality or emotion but with small quirks that hint at the relationships and individuals within the paintings. He is presenting these people as facts of his experience and limiting any strong personal connections. I feel that the use of this both inhibits and improves the effectiveness of the images. We are able to relate more to a blanker slate and think of supporting people as more tangible and constant. But lacking in emotion means that we may find it difficult to feel strongly about the images themselves.

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The Lancet Psychiatry

Psychological Publication

This publication uses illustrations for their covers that I find aesthetically pleasing. The visuals for these covers do vary and I prefer some over others. However, there doesn’t seem to be clear connections from the imagery selected to the content of the publication. Taking these images away from the context of the magazine I believe enhances the loneliness of the images. Each image seems to convey a feeling of loss and detachment through the solitary of the central form and the muted colours.

These two images stand out as they include other aspects that are missing from the others. The use of more vivid and clear colours produces visuals that are more positive and upbeat. The use of more animated features also heightens the activity and emotion of the figures. There still seems to be unity with the remaining images with the loose painting technique that reveals the process and pace of the images. It would be interesting to see if the pace of the image making can affect the overall perception of the image and if there are any similarities with images depicting similar subject matter/emotions.

Another common theme of this publication is the connection of the mind with space and astronomical visuals. The wide expanse of both space and consciousness may be the reason for this connection. The emptiness and vastness of space and the mind can make an individual feel small and lost and this feeling can be addressed with imagery connecting the two and drawing focus to it.

The colouring in the second image makes me feel uncomfortable, the cold colours paired with the vivid lime/yellow is an unsettling combination that could have been more considered. It distracts from the detached emotion on the figure’s face and becomes the focal point of the image rather than the comparison of the person with outer space.

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Eddie and Charlie Proudfoot

Artists affected by mental illness.

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These two brothers have been affected by mental illness in ways that have impacted their creative processes. You can see through their work a form of strong emotion that is communicated in the harsh distortion of the base forms. The colours are stunning and vivid which emphasises the abstraction of the portraits. The use of these colours being largely primary helps to simplify and not overcomplicate the extreme approach they have, they help to unify the image and keep the base form recognisable.

The defacement of the portraits blocks out the features of the individuals which produces a lack of identity and character in the images. This form of portraiture is one I want to explore, the lack of individuality and disassociation from identity.

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New Major Project

Research incoming

For my new major project for university, I will be using this platform to lay out my research, ideas and visuals.

My idea at the moment is broad and has a lot of scope for development and alteration, I want to explore ideas surrounding mental illness. The topic has come often throughout my life and I feel like it is something I want to try and communicate. I want to explore the impact mental illness has, both with the sufferers and the surrounding relationships and community/society.

I also have been interested in the idea of disassociation,  both as a mental illness and as a human experience. I am hoping these ideas will be able to link together in effective ways.