Our Exhibition

We created an exhibition as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2023 around the theme of 'revolution'


Mixed media, acrylic paint, wool, mirror

Patient Diagnosis: 

BA41 - Acute myocardial infarction


Broken’ is a visual representation of the artist’s recent experience of a heart attack and the emotional aftermath. It seeks to express the impact of medical neglect not only on the mind, but on the body as well. There were many missed chances to diagnose the physical health issues that resulted in the heart attack and the artist was left feeling they had no support following it as they had already been recently discharged from mental health services, against their wishes.


Using shattered mirror fragments, the artist conveys the experience of feeling like your body is failing around you and the fractured sense of self resulting from that. The fragmented reflections mirror the artist's attempts to pick up the pieces of their own life following such a difficult experience and invite the viewer to place themselves in their shoes. The dark background surrounding the heart creates an atmosphere of isolation, allowing the bright red of the heart to stand out against it. Fragile, but resilient.


This artwork serves as a poignant call for better mental health support for those facing physical health crises, emphasising the profound impact on mental well-being. The artist hopes it will bring attention to the need to bridge the gap between physical and mental health services.


This also mirrors an announcement by the Royal College of Psychiatrists on Mental Health Awareness Week earlier this year, calling for parity of recognition to identify preventable physical harms to wellbeing.

Please note: The diagnosis used does not necessarily reflect a psychiatric diagnosis received by the artist. These were included to reflect the current practice of labelling and how these relate to lived-experience.


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