Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists

Wellcome Trust Arts Award 2009

Archive for August 2009

Drawing Dr J at Bethlem Hospital/River House 06/08/09

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Dr J Tie/Violin

Drawing Dr J

Drawing Dr J

Notes From Foucault, "The Order of Things"Notes from "The Ancient Doctrine of Signatures", Herbal Review/Vol 2 (1976)

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26/08/2009 at 3:22 pm

Drawing Dr J

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Dr J plays the violin regularly, he especially likes Wagner and Bach

Dr J plays the violin regularly, he especially likes Wagner and Bach

Drawing Dr J in the Pottery Art Therapy room in River House 06/08
Drawing Dr J in the Pottery Art Therapy room in River House 06/08/09

Notes on the Rational, Vegetable and Animal

I drew this dried Dogfish in Dr Js Lower Abdomen and a sea-horse inside its abdomen, because of the medical symbolism of the sea-horse and its formal resemblance to a Treble Clef.
I drew this dried Dogfish in Dr Js Lower Abdomen

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26/08/2009 at 2:32 pm

Appointment with Psychiatrist 06/08/09

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I meet with Dr J (Fredrics’ Psychiatrist) in his office at River House (Forensic Unit) Bethlem Hospital at 10am. Dr J tells me how he became a Doctor after enjoying dissecting Dogfish at School, he said he grew cynical working as a hospital doctor and it was then that he decided to change to psychiatry as he found it intellectually stimulating. He worked at Broadmoor Hospital where he looked after Female Psychotic Patients before moving to work at River House. I made this Drawing after our meeting…

Drawing after meeting with Dr

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26/08/2009 at 2:23 pm

Drawing at Grant Museum UCL

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I drew this bird flying around Fredric to represent a time in Fredrics life when he believed that birds where speaking directly to him.

I drew this bird flying arounf Fredric to represent a time in Fredrics life when he believed that birds where speaking directly to him.

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20/08/2009 at 5:33 pm

Four Qualities of Ancient Greek Philosophy, In association with the four elements, humours, organs and seasons.

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Four Elements, Humours, Organs and SeasonsElemental Combinations

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20/08/2009 at 5:21 pm

Royal College of Physicians, Medicinal Garden

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Fredric and Culpeper: Ideas

Nicholas Culpeper wrote in his Herbal that Borage and Fumitory mixed together, cool and cleanse the temper and the blood. Here I am drawing them in the heart, which is associated with hot temperaments in Hippocratic medicine.

Royal College of Physicians Medicinal Plants
Nicholas Culpeper wrote in his Herbal that Borage and Fumitory mixed together, cool and cleanse the temper and the blood. Here I am drawing them in the heart, which is associated with hot temperaments in Hippocratic medicine.

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20/08/2009 at 5:02 pm

Drawing Snake Specimens/Masks

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I drew this snake skin from the Grant Museum into the fabric of Fredrics hat.

African Mask

The patient Fredric is from the Republic of Congo and remembered masks and rituals through his drawings.
A shaman or medicine man from the lower Congo, Africa. Colou

Some of Fredrics Drawings had animal spirits, chimerical men and snakes emerging from human heads. Here I am drawing this snake skeleton emerging from the head within the portrait.

Some of Fredrics Drawings had animal spirits, chimerical men and snakes emerging from human heads. Here I am drawing this snake skeleton emerging from the head within the portrait.

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20/08/2009 at 4:26 pm