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Patient A is an adolescent GCSE student at school. I went to his school to meet him and to draw him. The art teacher was very helpful and we set up an area in the art class to do the portrait. Patient A was in a very good mood when I met him. A bit shy but very happy to talk once we where sitting down. He told me that his favourite subjects where art and drama and showed me some of his art-work. He wants to go to college after his GCSEs and learn a trade rather than going to university. He has a cousin who is an artist and he told me that he has made a sculpture that he will send for thousands of pounds, Patient A seemed impressed by his cousin. We talked about being at school and thinking that anyone over 20 is old and how that changes as you get older yourself. He had two badges on that said “CITIZEN” which had been given to him in reward for a good deed he had done for the school. He is also a sports captain and told me he loves playing basketball and football at break-time with his friends. We talked about the canteen, pizza, cheese toasties portugese custard tarts, portugal and Ireland. He sat still and really concentrated for over an hour and said he enjoyed the experience of being drawn. When I had finished the drawing he brought one of his friends into the class to show him the drawing and seemed proud and said thank-you. Below you can see self portraits A made in his GCSE art class.
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…
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.
The Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy at University College London have a great selection of animal specimens that are available to draw from by appointment. I went there to draw animals that relate medically(historical ideas) and metaphorically to Fredric.
I met Forensic Psychiatry Patient Fredric (pseudonym) in his ward at Bethlem Hospital at 1pm, 03/08/09. He showed me his drawings and we talked about his history and the narrative within the drawings. I made this drawing/notes directly afterwards.