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But honestly, I

But honestly, I is a collaborative online exhibition between students from Edith Cowan University (Perth) and the National Art School (Sydney), developed in response to the Frame of Mind: Mental health and the arts program.

The project centres on the Instagram page @buthonestlyi which features artworks from students at both institutions, as well as written prompts intended to spark new artworks and discussion.

The project seeks to raise awareness of the mental health challenges faced by artists, and develop relationships and strengthen connections between artists, particularly across state divides. The collaboration explores the ways artists engage with themes of mental health within their work. It is hoped artists will:

  1. Comment or message those also involved in the project.
  2. Make an artwork in response to someone else’s artwork,
  3. Take the conversation in a completely different direction.
  4. Send artworks as gifts to ‘the other side’,
  5. Respond to someone else’s work with a reciprocal artwork.
  6. Produce other forms of art such as poetry or music in response to works or prompts

Participants are encouraged to collaborate and discuss personal experiences and/or their responses about mental health and art.

 

Curator

Elaine Hanlon, Perth, Western Australia, @elainehanlonart

 

Contributing Artists

Elaine Hanlon, Perth, Western Australia, @elainehanlonart

Hugh Breslin, Perth, Western Australia, Hugh.Breslin@hotmail.com

Isaac Huggins, Perth, Western Australia, @isaachugginsvisualart

Noel Johnson, Perth, Western Australia, @rippedshirtstornsneakers

Sadhbha Cockburn, Sydney, New South Wales, @sadhbha.art

Wolfgang Saker, Sydney, New South Wales, @wolfsaker

“Longing for that timeless moment. Lost, with tranquil eyes, a memory slowly fades.”

Isaac Huggins, Tranquility, Aerosol & silkscreen print on Fabriano 285gsm

“Longing for that timeless moment. Lost, with tranquil eyes, a memory slowly fades.”

Isaac Huggins, Tranquility, Aerosol & silkscreen print on Fabriano 285gsm

“Everything. Is. Going. To. Be. Alright.”

Noel Johnson, self portrait, gouache and seaweed on board

“Everything. Is. Going. To. Be. Alright.”

Noel Johnson, self portrait, gouache and seaweed on board

“Confiding in animals, real and imagined, is a (hopefully) healthy coping mechanism.”

Noel Johnson, Animal Friends, acrylic and charcoal on paper

“Confiding in animals, real and imagined, is a (hopefully) healthy coping mechanism.”

Noel Johnson, Animal Friends, acrylic and charcoal on paper

“Nurtured: when words alone are not enough.”

Hugh Breslin, Skin to skin, oil on canvas

“Nurtured: when words alone are not enough.”

Hugh Breslin, Skin to skin, oil on canvas

“Do you know me?”

Hugh Breslin, Jim, oil on board

“Do you know me?”

Hugh Breslin, Jim, oil on board

“Art speaks when words fail.”

Elaine Hanlon, when words fail, ink on paper

“Art speaks when words fail.”

Elaine Hanlon, when words fail, ink on paper

“Life as we know it put on hold, our faces masked and isolated from society, while we patiently wait for things to go back to normal.”

Isaac Huggins, crosswalk, paint marker on photograph

“Life as we know it put on hold, our faces masked and isolated from society, while we patiently wait for things to go back to normal.”

Isaac Huggins, crosswalk, paint marker on photograph

“The heavy saturation of plastic islands is our beverage.”

Elaine Hanlon and Wolfgang Saker, plastic island, animation

“The heavy saturation of plastic islands is our beverage.”

Elaine Hanlon and Wolfgang Saker, plastic island, animation