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I am looking for participants to be involved in an artistic endeavour which result in a rewarding process of catharsis. Click 'register' to select a suitable half hour timeslot. Time is spent gazing at oneself in the mirror (naked) to really come to terms with self. A before and after portrait are taken to record the results.
Have you ever truly looked yourself in the eye? And looked deep within? Many issues involving mental health revolve around our measure of self worth and how adequate we feel as human beings. Participants are photographed prior to entering a room of mirrors where they are asked to look themselves in the eye (preferably naked) for fifteen minutes to an hour. A minute within a mind which is not distracted can feel like an eternity. There is no hiding from self in this lit landscape of reflective surfaces. Individuals are then photographed as an ‘after portrait’ which is accompanied by a statement which will illustrate their personal findings and experience throughout the ordeal.
Deadline's 'cathARTic' - presented by DrugAware will feature a week of interactive workshops exploring mental health and creativity, culminating in an exhibition opening at the Showcase Gallery in Northbridge on Friday 14th October.
In response to the Act-Belong-Commit theme of Mental Health Week 2016, the project will see eight artists working together in close quarters and inviting the public to join them in ‘cathartic processes’ – a series of art making activities and workshops, centered around coming to terms with mental health issues through understanding, reducing stigma and practice of ‘letting go’.
Our aim is for the process of catharsis to encourage open discussion about mental health. There is too much stigma attached to experiences of anxiety, depression, and similar challenges that many of us face on a daily basis. We think that art making can be a healthy and enjoyable format in which to approach conversation around these difficult topics, as well as a means to gain confidence in one's self expression, connect with others and be involved in a community.