What I finished with:
My final art work is a series of hand illustrations that have been photographed and sequenced subsequently to form a stop motion animation. My key intention for this piece was to raise awareness to the symptoms of anxiety and how as a mental illness, anxiety disorders are misdiagnosed or go un-treated. The piece is chaotic. I want to create expressions of anxiety symptoms : shakes, breathing changes, rash, avoidance, noises and sensory, social interactions, low self esteem, fear of rejection. It takes many moments to visually express the internal and external hardship caused by anxiety in the mind. Therapy is something that has been ill perceived by the media’s screening of mental illness. Rejecting therapy is bad for the stigma, as although therapy is not the only form of help for people with anxiety, it offers insight to the illness and a rejection dismisses the seek for health.
Artist: Isabel Hey
Media : colouring pencils, pen, photography, stop motion sequencing
Stereotyping was researched in the academic journal “‘He Acted Like A Crazy Person’: Exploring The Influence Of College Students’ Recall Of Stereotypic Media Representations Of Mental Illness.” by Jessie M. Quintero Johnson and Riles Julius. The research supports the idea that the media has stream lined mental illness. The student’s ability to judge what was mental illness and what was not was considerable by the labels applied by media forms. For instance, when asked to give an example of a character with mental illness, the crazy cat lady from The Simpsons was a credible representation. Similarly the answer “He acted like a crazy person” was given when asked what characteristics the character’s showed. The study concluded that such examples as these were evidence of the media influence of the workings of a stigma. Although media builds awareness for mental illness in many positive ways it is often helpful to witness a projection of our own experiences. (Hoffman). The article advised, “findings also showed that the negative association between TV viewing and the perceived benefits of talking to a mental health therapist mediated the intention to seek mental health therapy”. In addressing our own and other’s mental illness it was becoming more and more important to recognise what builds our preconceptions of mental illness, how these are not the same as real life and often cause disappointment avoidable by approaching recovery with a clear perspective. This, in turn, fell under the umbrella of symptom awareness I was forming and a brief attempt to vocalise this was made in my video.
I discovered it is a symptom of mental illness to not seek help for the illness (BPD). “Symptoms” was made to provide not only a visual representation but recognition of anxiety illness through a passive and non judgmental, non assertive art form. My work is all these things because I wanted to be sensitive in presenting this publicly on Google+. In response to Mizeroeff’s concept that the way we see the world determines what global citizenship we have, I am disappointed I did not take this opportunity to connect people. A symptom of anxiety is isolation and as I write, reflect and analyze I cannot feel happy that this video is not just another isolated art form of mine.
Isabel Hey June/8/2016
Quintero Johnson, Jessie M., and Julius Riles. “‘He Acted Like A Crazy Person’: Exploring The Influence Of College Students’ Recall Of Stereotypic Media Representations Of Mental Illness.”Psychology Of Popular Media Culture(2016): PsycARTICLES. Web. 7 June 2016.
Neuman, Cynthia J. “Impact Of Borderline Personality Disorder On Parenting: Implications For Child Custody And Visitation Recommendations.” Journal Of Child Custody: Research, Issues, And Practices 9.4 (2012): 233-249. PsycINFO. Web. 7 June 2016.
Hoffman, Philip Seymour. “Happiness.” Interview by Simon Critchley.Rubin Museum of Art 17 May 2012