An important story behind the painting
ART can be expressive and eye catching; and this time it’s being used to battle mental health recoveries.
Caloundra Private Clinic has exhibited unique art work to celebrate Mental Health Week.
Artists who have struggled with mental illness have created astonishing art pieces that have gone on display and are up for sale in the clinic.
The featured artists are on their path to recovery and are tackling the stigma associated with mental health issues.
Artist Marie Roigard contributed to the display with a painting of a boat among serene coast line.
“The painting is of a picture my friend took in New Zealand. I spent a lot of time there at Kawau Island,” she said.
“I asked her for permission to paint it and she said yes, so that was my inspiration for that one.”
The process of creating art can be particularly therapeutic.
“It took about four weeks to complete the painting,” Ms Roigard said.
Caloundra Private Clinic CEO Donna Kain said recovery for the artists is a means of gaining and retaining hope, understanding of their abilities, engagement in an active life, personal autonomy, social identity, meaning and purpose in life, and maintaining positive sense of self.
“At Caloundra Private Clinic, we want to empower our patients to find their own recovery narrative through their artwork, to explore through art where they have been, where they are now, and hope for their future,” Ms Kain said.
Care is provided by a multidisciplinary team of experienced mental health clinicians including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and mental health nurses.
Ms Kain said it’s a collective effort to overcome mental illness.
“Together through awareness, inclusion and support we can change the “i” in illness to “we” in wellness,” she said.
FINE ART: Marie Roigard beside her exceptional art work.