Vol 10, No 1 (2016)

Mental Health and Distress as a Social Justice Issue

Of Brass and Twine (Michelle Barron)

Guest Editors: Heidi Rimke, Mandi Gray and Lacey Croft

(Cover image: "Of Brass and Twine," by Michelle Barron)

Using a clay medium with acrylic paint and graphic editing, this work aims to address the way in which many mental health initiatives fail individuals suffering from anxiety and depression. In the image, a figure, bound in rope, sits on the ground shrouded in a thick, blue, impenetrable fog with a looming stranger who is offering a key. The key is a symbol that embodies the promise of wellness through self-discipline guided by mental health initiatives. This gesture however is often misguided. A key cannot unlock rope; it does not account for the origins or social production of the threads, how the individual became bound, or the spaces they are tied to. The image emphasizes that there is often an incompatibility between mental health initiatives and mental illnesses. 


ISSN: 1911-4788