2017 Work

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Bridges – Photographic Collage by Dorset Community Art Group

Artist:  Dorset Community Art Group  

Title:      Photographic Collage

Medium:    Photos, paper

Theme:   Bridges

” This collage features photographs taken by a group of people with a passion for the outside world and the beauty within the local area.”


In the Shadow by Mark Whittaker

Artist:   Mark Whittaker, Braintree, Essex

Title: In the Shadow

Medium:  Pastel

Theme:  Shadows

“I have had Schizophrenia most of my life so fully understand what the Infinnity Project is all about and fully support it. I paint very spontaneously so my mood often reflects my work and I can get fully engrossed in my paintings and certainly helps my mental health.”


 

Flying Boots by Sophie Colley

Artist:   Sophie Colley, Dorset

Title:       Flying Boots

Medium:     My father’s RAF boots, cement and knitting needles

Theme:   Shadows

” Within my work I use gravity to create tension, freeze-frames that we can experience not just as a purely physical form, but also as an essence of mortality. I created this piece to illustrate the effect diagnosis can have on ones ability to fly. The cement symbolises the shadow of diagnosis whereas the boots are depicting identity and the laces hope.


 

Reflections in Clay by Dorset Community Art Group ‘Meet & Make’

Artist:  Dorset Community Art Group ‘Meet & Make’  

Title:      Reflections in Clay

Medium:    Ceramic – Using marks and symbolism we have reflected our thoughts into clay

Theme:   Reflections

” Art can be meditative, expressive and a way to visualise the internal.  This work is done as part of art therapy class.”

 


Kaleidoscope 1V by Cathy Trevaldwyn

A third  submission from:

Artist:  Cathy Trevaldwyn from Essex

Title:     Kaleidoscope 1V

Medium:   3D work using Copper Mesh,   Aluminium Mesh,   Sheer green material,   Hessian,    Eco Print on fine paper

Theme: Reflections

“The Infinnity Project has given me the confidence to exhibit my work and call myself ‘an artist’. Having done so, I have gone on to exhibit in Braintree Open Art Exhibition, and found it was very favourably received. I intend to enter other exhibitions. This project has been the starting point. Thank you! ”


Over the bridge and far away by Samantha Ellson-Allen

A second submission from:

Artist:  Samantha Ellson-Allen,  from Essex

Title:   Over the bridge and far away       

Medium: Inks on Watercolour paper

Theme: Bridges

“I went through the stage of doing my own version of Chinese art as it relaxed me as it’s very calming culture.”

 


Solace by Lorna Clark

Artist:   Lorna Clark, Bournemouth

Title:     Solace

Medium:   Digital Drawing and Watercolour  

Theme:   Reflections

“Through art I am able to find solace. Making art has helped me to cope and deal with my mental illness on a daily basis. I am able to clear my head for a while and escape from my thoughts, while often  getting lost in the details of what I am creating. I believe creating art, whatever form this may take is a powerful tool in recovery and has helped me during tough times. ”


Lavender Spring by Michelle Cush

Artist:   Michelle Cush, Braintree, Essex

Title:     Lavender Spring

Medium:   Watercolour  

Theme:   Shadows

“I  started painting while in hospital then when I found the local Rethink art group it gave me the opportunity to continue. My art group allows me time to mix with other people which I wouldn’t do otherwise.”


Summer stream crossing by Michelle Cush

Artist:   Michelle Cush

Title:      Summer stream crossing

Medium:   Watercolour  

Theme:  Bridges

“I  started painting while in hospital then when I found the local Rethink art group it gave me the opportunity to continue. My art group allows me time to mix with other people which I wouldn’t do otherwise.”

 


Sunset by Michelle Cush

Artist:   Michelle Cush

Title:      Sunset

Medium:   Watercolour  

Theme:  Reflections

“I  started painting while in hospital then when I found the local Rethink art group it gave me the opportunity to continue. My art group allows me time to mix with other people which I wouldn’t do otherwise.”

 


Sunrise on Blossom Bridge

Artist:   Mark Whittaker, Braintree, Essex

Title: Sunrise on Blossom Bridge

Medium:  Mixed media on water colour paper

Theme:  Bridges

“I have had Schizophrenia most of my life so fully understand what the Infinnity Project is all about and fully support it. I paint very spontaneously so my mood often reflects my work and I can get fully engrossed in my paintings and certainly helps my mental health.”


 

Bridge Mosaic by Cathy Trevaldwyn

Artist:   Cathy Trevaldwyn, Chelmsford, Essex

Title:Chelmsford: 2 Bridges and a River

Medium:  Clay balustrade, aluminium,mosaic path, 2nd Bridge ironwork – sewing machine embroidery, with Aluminium bar (from Mosaic)

Tree left Textile fusing technique (tissue paper and fibre leaves), with copper trunk, River- wool held in place with sewing machine embroidery, right – Tyvek  printed using ink-jet printer and treated with a heat gun

Theme: Bridges

“I am very aware that being creative has helped my fluctuating mood in the same way that medication can. (I have bipolar.) I think I am less likely to be unwell if I have something to distract me. Creativity is an essential part of maintaining well-being.”


Dong – Light and Shadow by Madeleine Pickett

Artist:  Madeleine Pickett, Norwich

Title:  Dong      

Medium: Acrylic on canvas

Theme: Shadows

“Art helps me with my Schizophrenia, when I’m well it’s what I do, when I’m under the weather, it’s what I think about!”

 


Shadows shape our lives by Cathy Trevaldwyn

Artist:   Cathy Trevaldwyn, Chelmsford

Title:  Shadows  shape our lives

  Medium:   Sculpture, Eco-print & Mesh

Theme: Shadows

“I am very aware that being creative has helped my fluctuating mood in the same way that medication can. (I have bipolar.) I think I am less likely to be unwell if I have something to distract me. Creativity is an essential part of maintaining well-being.”


 

Solitude by Isabelle MacGowan
Solitude by Isabelle MacGowan

Artist:   Isabelle MacGowan, Dorset

Title:  Solitude      Medium:  Chalk Pastels

Theme: Reflections

“I want to raise the importance of art working alongside mental health recovery and that anyone can do it, they only need to pick up a pencil or a paintbrush.  Art helps me focus on the world around me rather than just on what’s going on inside my head. Since starting art I find I look at the world in a different way and look for the beauty rather than what scares me.”


Spring Sprigs by Madeleine Pickett

Artist:  Madeleine Pickett, Norwich

Title:  Spring Sprigs      Medium: Drawing photoshopped digital image

Theme: Reflections

“Art helps me with my Schizophrenia, when I’m well it’s what I do, when I’m under the weather, it’s what I think about!”

 

 

 


Waterway Reflections by
Marcus La Roche

Artist:  Marcus La Roche, Essex

Title:  Waterway Reflections      Medium:  Acrylic

Theme: Reflections

” I have Schizophrenia and support the Braintree Rethink group.  Art helps me relax and distracts me from my illness and provides a sense of achievement.”

 

 


Blue Tit Reflections by Kay King

Artist:  Kay King, Braintree, Essex

Title:  Blue Tit Reflections       Medium:  Watercolour, pen and wash

Theme: Reflections

” I have Borderline Personality Disorder , Depression & Anxiety and support Rethink Mental Illness and attend the group in Braintree.  Art does not come naturally to me, I have to really try, support really helps”


 

‘We Want Freedom’ by Miss Kaz Indigo Raven

Artist:  Miss Kaz Indigo Raven,  from Manchester

Title:  We Want Freedom      Medium: Paper & Pencil

Theme: Shadows

“Everybody deals with mental health their own way and art is my lifeboat in a world that cast me out into churning seas. I can explain myself with art without having to find words that cannot express my truth.  I am only alive because of art and waiting for therapy for ten years its keeps me plodding on in a world that seems to not see me.”

 


‘From Farringdon’ by Joe Breslin

Artist:  Joe Breslin,  a member of the TenFeetAway art group in London

Title:  “From Farringdon”       Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Theme: Bridges

“I want my work to reach a wider audience”

 

 

 


‘Compton Avenue Revisited’ by Joe Breslin

Artist:  William Denison,  a member of the TenFeetAway art group in London

Title:  “Compton Avenue Revisited”       Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Theme: Shadows

“I’d like the work to seen by a large audience and to boost my deflated ego”

 


‘Reflections’ by Samantha Ellson-Allen

Artist:  Samantha Ellson-Allen,  from Essex

Title:  “Reflections”       Medium: Pyrography on a chopping board with white and blue inks

Theme: Reflections 

“I struggle with coping with life everyday I don’t understand the world and find it difficult dealing with people when I do my art I and my art become one we understand each other and seeing my burnings come alive I just go into another world which I like.”


‘Beautiful Purge’ by Miss Kaz Indigo Raven

Artist:  Miss Kaz Indigo Raven,  from Manchester

Title:  Beautiful Purge      Medium: Paper & Pencil

Theme: Shadows

“Everybody deals with mental health their own way and art is my lifeboat in a world that cast me out into churning seas. I can explain myself with art without having to find words that cannot express my truth.  I am only alive because of art and waiting for therapy for ten years its keeps me plodding on in a world that seems to not see me.”

 


 

‘Walking Together in Light and Shadows’ by Sue Holtum

Artist:  Sue Holtum, from Kent

Title:  Walking Together in Light and Shadows

Theme: Shadows

“That could refer to the shadow of looming darkness for a dog nearing the end of her life, and the looming end of our companionship.  It is something that reflects a difficult thing (and other difficulties)  in my life at present.”

 


‘Crossover’ by Madeleine Anna Pickett

Artist:  Madeleine Anna Pickett, diagnosed with schizophrenia, 2016

Title: Crossover

Theme: Bridges  Medium: Acrylic on naval

“I work repeating the same set of brush strokes ( gesture) over and over in different colours, sometimes waiting for each layer to dry, sometimes allowing the colours to mix, (wet on wet ) this builds up a pattern and rhythm of each canvas through repetition …  I am hooked on this process of making”

 


‘Reflections on Depression’ by Jenny Rutland

Artist:  Jenny Rutland, Braintree, Essex, diagnosed with depression

Title: Reflections on Depression

Theme:  Reflections  Medium: Graphite and Watercolour Pencil on Paper

“The Project is a brilliant idea to showcase art by people with MH problems and to raise funds for Rethink at the same time. I am a member of Braintree Rethink Art Group and this group gave me my life back, making friends there and renewing my interest in art. Doing art relaxes me and takes my mind off my illness making me feel better.”


‘Rainbow Reflections’ by Mark Whittaker

Artist:  Mark Whittaker, Braintree, diagnosed with schizophrenia

Title:  Rainbow Reflections

Theme: Reflections

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

“I have had Schizophrenia most of my life so fully understand what the Infinnity Project is all about and fully support it. I paint very spontaneously so my mood often reflects my work and I can get fully engrossed in my paintings and certainly helps my mental health.”