I have just returned from a mental health hospital (that sounds worse than it actually is). Haha! I'm not crazy! He protests.
I have been drawing some of the patients (those that would sit still at least!) The images are of terrible quality due to the fact that I did not have access to the required equipment... but you get the idea. The original drawings were given to the sitters and seemed, if only temporarily, lift peoples spirits a little. I believe I sorted a good few folks Christmas gifts!
This is the first time I have been exposed to a broad spectrum of mental illnesses at once. Whilst the human mind is capable of the most incredible things it is also capable of terribly cruel and self destructive things. I found myself increasingly more grateful for my own relatively sane existence and slightly scared by the potential fragility of my own mind.
I think more work needs to be done... People need to talk more and understand more.
No names are given here. Quotations have been redacted and likenesses may be coincidental.
X had presented at A and E asking for a body scan due to thinking
there was a bug inside him that whispers things to him. X felt he was being
recorded in his bedroom, the voices are people x knows whispering, telling him
that people are watching. X had been looking for recording equipment in the
house, taking out light fittings. X absconded from the ward the following day,
feeling he would be safer at home. X was supported on leave by the crisis team
in an attempt to facilitate remaining at home. X has become increasingly
paranoid that family are going to harm him resulting in him not sleeping and
not wanting to take his olanzapine in case it meant he fell asleep. X asked to
be returned to the ward for security and treatment. He continues to report
paranoid feelings but states that the voices he hears are more “whisperings”
but still finds it difficult to challenge them.
"Dylan Lisle’s work maintains a contemporary dynamism through his old masterly representations of the female form. Knots and swathes of vibrant, passionate fabric envelope his sensuous figures, or otherwise are the subject of larger studies, which draw upon chiaroscuro, reminiscent of Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Vermeer and Rubens. His work is instantly approachable, engagingly serene and romantically charged; traits that have not gone unnoticed in the art world he inhabits.
Fresh from his first London solo exhibition, Dylan Lisle spearheads a modern movement of artists, whose desire it is to capture light in all its glorious subtleties, texture in its infinite tactile qualities and the female form in its evasive beauty." Hope Robertson, 2007