Insider comes out : an artist's inquiry and narrative about the relationship of art and mental health

Spence, Richelle & Gwinner, Karleen (2014) Insider comes out : an artist's inquiry and narrative about the relationship of art and mental health. Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, 6(3), pp. 254-265.

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Abstract

Background

Through an account of prevailing experiences of art and mental illness, this paper aims to raise awareness, open dialogue and create agency about art created by people with experience of mental illness.

Methods

This paper draws on personal narrative and inquiry by an artist with mental illness and data collected as part of a larger participatory action research project that investigated understandings of identity, art and mental illness.

Result

An inquiry through art raised awareness and attentiveness to the importance of choice in identity construction and exposed frequent dichotomies in art and mental illness that were negotiated to eschew prescribed social stratification. As an artist, the first author challenged values present in one idea and absent in the other, and the options and concessions available to authorise her own dialogue and agency of being an artist.

Conclusion

Constructing an identity is an important part of being human, the labels that we choose or are chosen for us attribute to our identity. Reflections and recommendations are offered to consider expanded ways of thinking about art and mental illness and the functions that art play in identity construction.

Impact and interest:

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ID Code: 70086
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: art,, mental illness, identity, agency, art in health, Outsider Artist, live art
DOI: 10.1080/17533015.2014.897959
ISSN: 1753-3023
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Mental Health (111714)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > ART THEORY AND CRITICISM (190100) > Visual Cultures (190104)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Performance and Installation Art (190504)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > OTHER STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190999) > Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified (199999)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Taylor & Frances
Copyright Statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, 08 April 2014, http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17533015.2014.897959
Deposited On: 11 Apr 2014 01:04
Last Modified: 02 May 2015 00:30

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