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Drawing and Mental Health
Workshop day and timing: Sept 11, Sunday, 11 am to 12 noon. A zoom link will be sent to the selected participants.
Sketchbook, pen, pencil to draw. Anything else is optional and you can use coloured pencil, pen brushes, charcoal stick, markers, crayons, dry, wet medium etc. You can directly work on the I PAD also with an apple pencil or any pen tablet which suits you.
Areas of exploration:
- mental health:
- What is mental health. In my drawings I have realised the cerebral nature of drawing. Of playing with a thought, an idea, a concept, especially in the series of How to do drawings. How does that happen when i decide to relax my self through drawing or just draw out a story which is really bothering me in the head, as a journal entry?
- Psychiatric Institutions
- My visit to Switzerland in 2019 led me to museums exploring art created by patients admitted to the psychiatric institutions in the country and how these works were collected from the patients and then displayed in special museums mentioning that these works are by patients with psychiatric problems.
- What exercises can we conceive for this workshop? What can we draw out, do in this one hour of working in the sketchbook? have you noticed your state of mind being effected by your surroundings or the thoughts, tensions running in your head. Can we draw them out and see and talk about them?
- State of Mind:
- I have realised that when i draw, no matter how many times i go back to a drawing. It is forever changing. Even colour application, drawing the face, or any form is forever changing. What is this change and does it have to do with my state of mind which is never the same.
Selected books & Links
- Being & Time – Martin Heidegger
- Extra- Ordinary, Unknown Works from Swiss Psychiatric Institutions around 1900. Scheidegger & Spiess.
- Art & Science Residency, Khoj Residency https://khojstudios.org/blog/animated-thoughts/ https://khojstudios.org/blog/dual-life-of-a-corporate-man-and-an-artist/
- The Reflective Practitioner – Donald A. Schon