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Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and Me
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Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and Me (Paperback)

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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.

Bobby Baker is (according to various sources) a National Treasure. In a career of more than 35 years, she has danced with meringue ladies, made a lifesize cake version of her family to be eaten by visitors and driven around London strapped to the back of a truck screaming at passers-by to 'Pull Yourselves Together'. She studied painting at St Martins School of Art from 1968 to 1972, is artistic director of an Arts Council funded company, Daily Life Ltd, and has a part-time senior research fellowship at Queen Mary University of London.

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