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Still Lives: Between Creativity and Shadowland

Still Lives: Between Creativity and Shadowland explored the personal, social and clinical dimensions of depression and mania through the artworks of those suffering from these conditions.

The exhibition consisted of 43 works, many on paper and some on canvas.  In addition, there were 10 storyboards, to accompany the works.  These were used as a means to explain in accessible terms, aspects of depression and mania as well as treatment and recovery. There was also an accompanying brochure with a strong educational focus.

The purpose of the exhibition was largely to educate the general community about mental illness through the artworks of those who experience it.  It was hoped that by demystifying mental illness the public may respond with greater understanding and compassion.

In addition, this exhibition sought to celebrate the creativity of people with mental illness, thereby highlighting ability rather than disability.


Dr Eugen Koh

Exhibition History

Touring: Warrnambool Art Gallery, Warrnambool, 2006

Touring: Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, 01/07/2006- 27/08/2006

Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Swan Hill, 2005

Bourke Memorial Museum, Beechworth, 19/03/2004 – 30/04/2004

Mildura Art Centre, 19/09/2003 – 26/10/2003

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