Thank you very much RadioCardiff Well Waves for inviting me on the show a little while ago to speak about my art exhibition ‘Bipolarity’ at The Gate Art Gallery in Cardiff. It was great to be able to share some of my experiences of hallucinations and delusions in ongoing depressive states and to talk about … Continue reading Talking about Music, Art, and Bipolarity on RadioCardiff Well Waves
A 25-year-old artist from Porthcawl is hoping her solo exhibition can raise awareness of the misconceptions surrounding bipolar disorder: ‘Bipolarity’ is part-way through a five-week run at The Gate Art Gallery in Cardiff. Pointillist artist and medical humanities PhD student Cerys Knighton draws from her experiences of living with bipolar disorder since childhood. Cerys’s artwork … Continue reading South Wales artist hopes to raise awareness of bipolar disorder through solo exhibition of pointillism artwork
The Stranger My experiences of hallucination have been primarily mood-congruent with depression. This means they abide by themes of depressive states, such as death and vulnerability. For me, both sensory and tactile hallucinations have been dominated by violence. Some of the worst experiences have involved violating attacks, leaving me in physical pain and reaffirming my … Continue reading The Stranger – World Bipolar Day
Female Expressions is an exhibition curated by the hugely talented Jocelyn Prosser. It features work by female artists giving ‘a unique and deeply personal expression of the female condition’, revealing ‘the strength and fragility within the female psyche’. I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to contribute to this exhibition, and feel very proud that … Continue reading Female Expressions Exhibition Opening at Queen Street Gallery
This piece of writing sat alongside my first solo exhibition, Drawing Bipolarity, at Insole Court. The project has come such a long way since then and, now that exhibition plans are underway for over the course of my PhD research, I wanted to share this to give a sense of why art is such an … Continue reading Drawing Bipolarity: Visual Representations of Manic-Depressive Illness
Our very own ScienceHumanities Research Assistant, Cerys Knighton, has recently won the People’s Choice Award at the Cardiff University Doctoral Academy’s ‘Images of Research’ Exhibition.
Cerys’s PhD investigates how mood disorders became a diagnostic category by looking at medical cases and literature from 1830 to 1930. Her pen and ink image engages with an article published in The Lancet in 1841 and aims to portray the mechanical treatment of patients in the early nineteenth century.
To see more of Cerys’s wonderful art, check out her website.
As it's World Mental Health Day I wanted to share another of the pieces I've been working on that relates both to my master's work and my own experiences living with bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression. This is one of the pieces that will be a part of a collection depicting different symptoms - … Continue reading Drawing Sensory Overload – World Mental Health Day
Last Saturday I had my first experience of taking my artwork to a market stall. This is something I have been intending to do for quite some time, but have always put it off. One reason is falling behind with my university work because of suffering with a severe episode of depression since October, … Continue reading Small Battles & My First Art Stall
Thank you very much to everyone who read my feature in Bipolar UK’s 80/20 Art Collection. As was probably very noticeable to anyone familiar with Alice in Wonderland, the piece I wrote to begin talking about mental illness read a lot like Wonderland itself. For anyone who didn’t see it, I have copied a section … Continue reading Manic Depression and my Alice in Wonderland Designs
'And there was blood on my teeth From the long winter here Bones broke in half A stain on my shirt From a couple hours out with the boys' I've truly been overwhelmed by all of the support on my post yesterday, thank you all so much. I wanted to wait to post the finished … Continue reading Mandala: Hypomania, depression and The Horrible Crowes