artist reception & talk
Located at The Bush Barn Art Center, in the The A.N. Bush Gallery. The AN Bush Gallery presents major interpretive exhibitions of regional, national, and international artists. It is located on the second floor and is the Art Center’s largest exhibit space.
Curated by Sarah Zecchini
‘help me…’ is a collection of intimate artwork, installations and interactive experiences from several artists, locally and internationally, who live with mental illness in varying capacities. We are representing artists who live with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar 1 & 2, Major Depression Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia & Schizoaffective Disorder, Dysthymia, Psychosis and all the gaps and overlap in between them all. The show will consist of affecting visual, auditory, tactile, and other sensory pieces in an attempt to connect with their audiences in a way that would provide insight into their illness and how they view the world.
The goal of this show is to create a broader understanding of mental illness and mental health as a spectrum, and how it affects everyone. The term ‘help me…’ is the very soul of the show. These words have been so stigmatized that we associate it with apathy and weakness. In my mind, there are none stronger than those who recognize when they need help and seek it. Vulnerability is not an offense. It is beautiful. And we need more of it. We need more resources for those who need it, and a better, more inclusive and encompassing dialogue in what asking for help means and what it can look like.
We will have several mental health care professionals and advocacy representatives at the reception to answer your questions, share resources and knowledge and a Q&A Panel in the second week