In 2015 artist Daniel Regan produced his exhibition Fragmentary, a project exploring the dual perspectives of both clinicians and the artist as a mental health service user. During this event Daniel will be discussing his own work as well as inviting participants to reflect on the symbiotic relationship of art and emotions through an interactive photography challenge.
“This multi-dimensional work consists of self-portraits from my archive that have been digitally merged with redacted texts from my medical records, alongside newer images focusing on the distorted self and an installation of medical notes.
I have been a mental health service user for 16 years. During this time I have often considered the difficulty of conveying the complex nature of disordered thinking to clinicians. Whilst it is one thing to be amongst the chaos, it is another to accurately convey that chaos to an outsider. In 2012 I requested my mental health medical records from Brighton & Hove where I had been living for almost seven years, and during which I had been continually under the support of mental health services. I read the notes in one sitting, experiencing a spectrum of emotions that left me spinning. There were inaccuracies and mistakes but also many truths. It was my story seen through the eyes of others.
Seeing these observations of myself from an outsider’s viewpoint prompted me to revisit those times in my life through my own visual archive. I have always turned to photography to express the feelings of a fragmented identity, of my mind splitting apart and into something destructive, something unknown. Working with self-portraits taken on or close to the date of the medical record I have disrupted the image by digitally inserting those texts that are too personal for the public into the photographic image. The result is a corrupted portrait of the broken self, a metaphor for the shattered identity.
When? May 24th, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Where? The Artworks, Elephant Rd, Elephant & Castle, London SE17 1AY (open map)
How much? Free, but register for a ticket