September 01, 2006

People with Schizophrenia Exhibit Artwork

Australia News Corporation reported the following this week:

The link between mental sickness like schizophrenia and artistic creation goes back a long way. Vincent Van Gogh is just one example, although it's a matter for debate whether he was schizophrenic or suffered a bipolar disorder. Scientists are still looking for a cause and cure for schizophrenia which affects about 40,000 Australians. A major exhibition to open in Sydney later this week will explore the quandaries of living with schizophrenia with sufferers sharing their bravery and humour through artwork. Christopher Zinn reports.

CHRISTOPHER ZINN: Would you be an artist if you weren't Schizophrenic?

VINCE GREENTREE, ARTIST: No, I wouldn't be. I'd be doing something else. I would be living in society, not on the fringe of society.

CHRISTOPHER ZINN: Two sufferers, whose work can give the rest of us a peak into their own Schizophrenic worlds. 'Wart', yes, that's the name she goes by, is a visual and performance artist who was diagnosed with the disorder in 1988 and isn't shy about what she calls her "broken brain".

WART: The thing of putting a bandaid on your head, sort of - but why I was doing that was so you can't see mental illness sometimes and if you're not feeling so good just put a bandaid on your head and if everyone knew that, that would be a great thing.

CHRISTOPHER ZINN: 'Wart' lives in her own home and has been feted here and overseas for her unique style which she fearlessly exhibits on stage.

WART: This is what I use sometimes in my performance and I explain this as when your brains are like this and you have an episode, right. Some of us don't get better, but some of us do. You are still stuck in that landscape of psych wards.

Details and Schedule for the Art Show: For Matthew and Others: Journeys with Schizophrenia

For Matthew & Others: Journeys with Schizophrenia - 22-23 Sep 2006, Penrith

Read the full story: Art Show in Sydney, Australia by People Who Have Schizophrenia


Where and when is the exhibition of schizophrenic art?

Posted by: richard at September 4, 2006 05:35 AM

I want to visit the exhibition too. Please let us know the details, time and location of the exhibition.

Posted by: Robby at September 5, 2006 11:35 AM

Hi - we've added a link (above) to the details on the location and schedule for the art show. Let us know how it goes.

Posted by: szadmin at September 5, 2006 11:53 AM

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