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. "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. "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."