This series is a work in progress, intended as the next chapter of Form & Pressure. The first chapter examined the form and pressure found within a university’s fine art photography department, through transcripts of real conversations and photographs of their institutional context. It was undertaken to explore the implications that today’s hard-work culture has for mental health. Read more about that here.
These pictures were made in an acute mental health ward, during the Fresh Art project (my blog post). This new chapter will eventually use a similar format to the first — transcripts and pictures —and I am currently conducting interviews in which mental health patients give their own perspectives on mental health treatment and the role of creativity within that.
This series does not explicitly identify its participants or locations used. This methodology is employed to draw a common human thread between seemingly generic life experiences. Any overlap between this work and my evaluative role in the Fresh Art project is purely coincidental.