Mental Health

Book art about mental health -

"My Little Book of Suicides" by Susan Collard. "Scratched into black paint on unembellished pages, this book is a sad and deeply personal story about suicide and guns within my family. It’s a difficult narrative to share. The pages of the book are sewn haphazardly shut, with a needle knotted onto the thread to allow the reader entrance. My family’s story, of course, is embedded in a broader social context. The book is sheathed in a canvas wrapper, which unwinds to reveal a series of national statistics on suicide and firearms. Suicide is by far the most common way to die by a gun in the United States, a fact that receives surprisingly little attention. It seems obvious that anyone choosing to own a gun should carefully consider how it is most likely to be used. Suicide is not a problem to be willed away by legislation, but speaking about it openly is a place to start." My Little Book of Suicides won a Best In Show Award in the Book Power Redux exhibition.

 

"The Author of This Book Committed Suicide" by Aaron Krach "The Author of This Book Committed Suicide" by Aaron Krach. "From July 19 to 26, 2012, I checked out every available book in the New York Public Library (NYPL) by an author who committed suicide. I stamped each book with this information and exhibited the stack of books as a sculpture. When the show was over, I returned the slightly-vandalized books to the library, dispersing the piece into the world. Before returning the books, I scanned every title page. These scans make up the book and show where I stamped each page."

 

"Memo (how to speak without words)" by Lisa Onstad "Memo (how to speak without words)" by Lisa Onstad. "Over 5 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s disease in the United States. The difficulty of communicating with those suffering from dementia can be a frustrating and painful experience. Memo (how to speak without words) shares a daughter’s observations of her mother’s gradual loss of language and memory through poetic text and hand-painted imagery. An accompanying appendix offers instructions on non-verbal communication and includes a touching example of making a connection through physical contact and reminiscence."