Prescriptions: artists’ books on wellbeing and medicine

Nash, Richard, Couch, Amanda, Lee, Mindy and Hladky, Andrew (2016) Prescriptions: artists’ books on wellbeing and medicine. [Show/Exhibition]

Abstract

On Innards | Publication, by artists Richard Nash, Amanda Couch, Mindy Lee, and Andrew Hladky, was selected for the group exhibition Prescriptions, which ran in the Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, Canterbury, from 21 April to 25 September 2016 curated by Dr Stella Bolaki and Egidija Čiricaitė. The title of the exhibition, Prescriptions, was taken from one of Martha A. Hall's artists’ books. Hall's book art, created from 1998 until her death in 2003, documents her experiences with breast cancer and interactions with the medical community. These themes find unique expression through the intimacy, immediacy and complexity of the artist's book medium that not only challenges the conventional book form but also offers a palpable experience of the patient's world. The exhibition featured around 90 artists’ books by national and international artists responding to themes of cancer, disability, mental health, surgery, recovery, medicine and wellbeing. The curated show revealed the therapeutic and empowering potential of art whereby artists’ books become an alternative kind of prescription. The exhibition featured 15 books by Hall, on loan from the University of New England's Maine Women Writers Collection, which were being shown in the UK for the first time.

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