DRAWN & QUARTERED: A Bipolar Frame of Mind
Having lived my whole life with depression and finally being diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 40, I created this installation to fulfill the requirements of my MFA in Drawing. My thesis paper serves as the audio to go along with the images from the show. I created this and many other installations while working full time as an art director, going to grad school, and teaching drawing as part of my assistantship. I am indebted to God, my wife and children for putting up with me during many difficult years.
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This video goes in depth, covering the Bipolar Aspects and meanings behind the installation, Drawn & Quartered: A Bipolar Frame of Mind. Video has improved so much since this was produced in the early 2000's, and our attention span has gotten quite shorter. I apologize for the length, I hope you will find that the message is worth the wait.
This piece was made up of a wall of white plexiglas keys that measured 30ft x 9ft. The wire work that I had produced while in grad school was all placed behind the backlit plexiglas wall allowing the viewer to witness a shadowed drawing—giving a visual sense of what it feels like to be bipolar. Outward appearances do little to define constant clutter of depressive thoughts and ideas which occur inside ones brain.
Drawn & Quartered, shadowed view
The front of the plexiglas wall showed a shadowed drawing created by the backlit wire drawings. The plexiglas and wire pieces were in constant motion due to the air conditioning, which added to the uneasiness. The panels wire 18" wide, and could be moved to view the activity behind.
Drawn & Quartered, behind the wall view
Behind the wall there were wire drawings from several installations that made up 3 years of grad school. They were well lit, and since they were hung on clotheslines or with fishing line—movement was a natural part of the exhibition. There were 4 plexiglas panels that allowed the audience to go behind the wall, and become a part of the shadowed image.