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By Dr Sukhi S Shergill, Reader in Psychiatry & Consultant Psychiatrist, and Beth Elliott, Bethlem Gallery Curator
There is an intrinsic challenge in transforming the private experience of psychosis; classically hearing voices and seeing things into a form accessible to others. In this presentation we explore the depiction of this internal psychotic process through art and science.
We present these works of ‘induced’ psychotic states alongside images by Bethlem Gallery artists and artworks from the Bethlem Museum’s historical collection whose work primarily maps their experience with psychosis in order to examine the artistic representation of the experience of psychosis. These questions have been addressed in science through data from functional brain imaging while patients are experiencing auditory hallucinations, as well as during imagery and action.
Image caption: Mescaline painting, by Anon. Image courtesy of the Bethlem Art and History Collections Trust
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