My name is Jennifer Price and I am an artist with Aspergers and schizophrenia. I am intrigued as to my place between trained artist and psychotic artist and explore mental health issues through my work. I aim to tackle some of the prejudices surrounding the topic and shine a light onto the actual experience of it.
I am drawn towards psychiatric inkblots for their perceived ability to have meaning individual to the viewer. Objects that perform a task for people in contemporary society are used to create works that convey a dual sense of wonder and familiarity by utterly simplistic means. The work is open to interpretation and invites the viewer to look beyond the obvious. The artist is removed from the final piece. The viewer is free to interpret the work in a way relevant to them thereby becoming an equal collaborator in the work: becoming the work’s meaning.
To create my artwork I ink up objects that we use in our society such as cars, shopping trolleys and post boxes. Once the object has been covered with ink I wrap fabric around the object and carefully rub the fabric all over it. This process is more than a system; it is an act of love; like swaddling a child. The fabric is then removed and the inked impression is left on it. The object is given eminence while stripping it of its function. It is this oxymoron of giving and taking at the same time that sum up the warring sides of many mental health conditions, such as mood and personality disorders.