Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists

Wellcome Trust Arts Award 2009

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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

Bethlem Hospital: First Appointment 03/08/09

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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.

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.

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20/08/2009 at 3:56 pm

Introduction and Brief History

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In April 2008, I was invited by Jerwood Curator Sarah Williams to propose a collaborative art project for the Jerwood exhibition “An Experiment in Collaboration”.
I asked Dr Tim McInerny (portrayed above) to work with me in order to create Portraits of Patients and Psychiatrists at Bethlem Hospital, London.

We made four portraits, three patients and one psychiatrist in two months. This was a very short length of time to explore the ideas and possibilities of the work. After the success of “An Experiment in Collaboration, we applied for a 2009 Wellcome Trust Arts Award and following the success of the Application, we are now beginning a six month development of the Project.
This Blog will document the working processes, ideas and images during the six months.