A journey through the mental health mazeBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1115 (Published 17 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1115
A journey through 11 years of severe mental illness and recovery is portrayed in an exhibition of paintings and drawings that opens at the Wellcome Collection in London this week.
The performance artist Bobby Baker began making her cartoon-like drawings when she became a patient at a day centre in 1997. After being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder she continued to produce her pictures as a way of charting her progress through the mental health system.
The exhibition, Bobby Baker’s Diary Drawings, features 159 of the eventual 711 pictures that have been selected with the help of her daughter, Dora Whittuck, a trainee clinical psychologist.
“It is a very long journey,” said Ms Baker. “But part of my reason for doing this is to show there is hope. You can get better and there are good things going on alongside the challenging ones.”
Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1115