Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and Me

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In 1996 the artist Bobby Baker was diagnosed as having borderline personality disorder. Her subsequent struggle to overcome severe mental and later physical illness lasted for 11 years, and was unknown to anyone outside her close family, friends and colleagues. The 158 drawings and watercolours in this book, selected by Bobby from the hundreds more that she created daily as a private way of coming to terms with her experience, are an astonishing record of her slow and harrowing journey to eventual recovery. Moving, startling, shocking and hilarious in turn, these diary drawings reveal the stark realities of living with mental illness and of society's lack of understanding.

With an introductory essay by Marina Warner, and essays by Bobby and by her daughter Dora Whittuck, a qualified clinical psychologist, this book is a rich and rewarding visual experience and a fascinating insight into the interplay between art, mental health and society.

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Bobby Baker studied painting at St Martins School of Art, is artistic director of Daily Life Ltd, and has a part-time senior research fellowship at Queen Mary University of London. She is widely recognised as a British national treasure’.

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"Diary Drawings is an intimate reading and viewing experience that will appeal to readers interested in the relationship between art, therapy, and mental health."—Foreword Reviews

"These witty, wretched drawings are a plea for mental illness to be treated like other illnesses, as something that happens, not something that someone, somewhere... has to be blamed for." - The Dubliner

"An illuminating, hopeful book, highly recommended for anyone involved in the care, treatment or counselling of people who experience severe mental distress." - Therapy Today

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