These two images are from the book On the Writing of the Insane (1870) by G. Mackenzie Bacon, medical superintendant at an asylum (now Fulbourn Hospital) located near Cambridge, England. The pictures are the product of a “respectable artisan of considerable intelligence [who] was sent to the Cambridgeshire Asylum after being nearly three years in a melancholy mood”. Bacon describes how the unnamed patient, for the two years he was committed, spent “much of his time writing — sometimes verses, at others long letters of the most rambling character, and in drawing extraordinary diagrams.” The two images shown here were drawn on both sides of the same small half sheet of paper, and the patient, “as though anxious, in the exuberance of his fancy, to make the fullest use of his opportunities, […] filled up every morsel of the surface — to the very edge — not leaving an atom of margin.” [via The Public Domain Review]
This fascinates me tremendously, personal history aside, as I appropriately wrote my final paper in college on The History of Maaaadddnnneeesss! Specifically, the birth of the asylum in The Age of “Reason”.
I am 38 years old and live in Treviso. After much experience in the restoration industry (Milan-Venice, 1993-1997), I felt the need to explore my passion for art, starting from all that is day-to-day chores and ephemeral facts of life.
My aspiration is to let things come to surface through art, i.e. the joy of transformation. Joy is in change; it’s right at the moment when we perceive this transformation that we become aware of the value of our own life. The challenge is in being able to do it: trying again and again is my constant struggle.