This particular mapping exercise helped myself and my group realise the multi-faceted nature of mental health and its participants. Commonly we view mental health as only affecting those with the illness. However, brainstorming helped us realise that there are many participants at work on the issue.
After dividing the maps up into categories we realised that people, organisations and objects are interlinked .
These two images represent the true nature of bipolar. The two images are exactly the same however the words used are quite different. The strong opposing statements with the same image show that there can be two radically different perspectives and responses within the same person’s mind, which is characteristic of the disorder.The phrases reflect two very different responses to the same situation.
Witchoria is a Graphic Designer from Brooklyn, NY. I found her works quite tongue in cheek reflecting on sad statements in a fun and bittersweet way. For example this image is associated with fun and love. The dire words “Self Loathing” imprinted on the sweet shows this bittersweet connection. The representation is equally ironic and emotive. In sharp contrast to the articles I have read, this owns mental health in a humorous way.
Witchoria combines a social Internet phenomenon – google maps in conjunction with a moody and dark image. The image conveys separation and loss. It is unclear whether this is just sadness or the person is actually suffering from a mental illness. However from the mood and tone of the image inferences may be drawn such as the feelings of separation or anxiety or depression.
(Tracey Emin 1999)
Tracey Emin is an artist who documents her experience. Suffering personally with mental illness, Emin makes this evident in her work. The above artwork depicts a sense of isolation and loss. It is almost as if the words which are juxtaposing statements reflect two voices in the persona’s mind – mimicking how mental illness works. This is made even more poignant as Emin uses the second person which highlights the feelings of disconnection with oneself, also characteristic of mental illness.
This image is in relation to eating disorders. It is a very forceful and harsh image. Obviously the toilet is an essential commodity for everyday use but in this image it is depicted in a way to fuel the eating disorder, perpetuating the belief that food serves no purpose as it s toxic and must be purged.
(Prozac Nation, 2001)
This image is from the film Prozac Nation. Here the character is depicted as depressed with the sombre lighting and film techniques. In addition to the expression on her face. This is a typical image used when people think of mental illnesses such as depression. When I was researching articles from the media I discovered that they all too often stereotypically depict females in a sad looking state to convey depression.
(Antonio Andrade, 2016)
This image is by the creative director for Cake magazine. The magazine’s vibe can be described as fashionable and alternative. This image is disturbing as it is somewhat glamourising being in a suicidal state. This is done by the objectification of the female body adding sex appeal in a fashion context.
Rupi Kaur is a Canadian poet and artist.The intricate line work in this piece is organic in its form. It represents something growing into a positive experience. Combined with the words, and the facial expression together with the closed in posture it is apparent the person depicted has been through something intense yet the overall image perhaps because of the birds as a sign of hope and life conjures hope and survival. It is a beautiful mage, very evocative through its simplicity.
(Rupi Kaur, 2015)
(Celeste Mountjoy, 2016)
This image takes a satirical turn on mental illness. It is very real. Often people think mental illness is easily cured by asking someone to snap out of it. This humorous comic sarcastically addresses the issue of misconceptions and lack of understanding about mental illness by revealing through humour that only those who have never suffered mental illness would approach the issue of suicide for example in such a glib manner.
(Celeste Mountjoy, 2016)
Mountjoy again uses humour to depict mental illness. The “crippling anxiety” is personified as another person and close friend to the sufferer because it plays such a prominent role in the sufferer’s life and the other friend , “escapism” is depicted as a life-size bottle of wine as a coping mechanism. Obviously this image is different to the articles I have read as it uses surreal imagery and through metaphorical representation evokes an emotional response and insight into the pervasive and invasive nature of mental illness.
Witchoria, 2015, Tumblr, Eat Your Heart Out viewed 9th of August 2016 <http://witchoria.com/post/109908644117/eat-your-heart-out>
Witchoria, 2015, Tumblr, Back to Bed, viewed 9th of August 2016 <http://witchoria.com/post/127447908802/back-to-bed>
Witchoria, 2015, Tumblr, Bipolar, viewed 9th of August 2016 <http://witchoria.com/post/97690322602/bipolar>
Emin, T. 1999, Tracey Emin Studio, It Never Felt like This, viewed 9th of August 2016 <http://www.traceyeminstudio.com/artworks/1999/02/it-never-felt-like-this-1999/>
Pinterest, 2016, Put Calories Here, viewed 9th of August 2016 <https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/85/a9/e7/85a9e7a957617a74450741ab6315ec03.jpg>
Antonio, T. 2016, Another Perspective, viewed 10th of August 2016 <http://antonioandrade.tumblr.com>
Kaur, R. 2015, Milk and Honey, viewed 10th of August 2016 https://www.rupikaur.com
Mountjoy, C. 2016, Tumblr, Yeah Cheer Up Buckaroohttp://filthy-ratbag.tumblr.com/post/138069469920/yeah-cheer-up-buckaroo
Mountjoy, C. 2016, Instagram, Wahoo <https://www.instagram.com/p/BATiwGNLXVq/?taken-by=filthyratbag>