Windows with a Difference presents
Bobby Baker Talk “Diary Drawings”
When: Wednesday 14 September
Location: The Public West Bromwich
ACT UP present SHOUTING a short piece in response to the Drawing titled “Shouting” by Bobby Baker
Bobby Baker will discuss her drawings from an exhibition that shows one person’s experience of severe mental and physical illness and recovery.
These figurative drawings use various styles such as caricature, surrealism and the more classic techniques of life painting. The exhibition displays the harrowing realities of living with mental illness and society’s lack of understanding, using artistry and humour to break down the barriers commonly associated with talking about mental health. The images, carefully selected by Bobby with her daughter Dora Whittuck, a clinical psychologist, are drawn from 711 drawings made over 11 years. The drawings are captioned by Bobby and present a clear account of her journey.
“Visitors’ comments reveal how powerfully the artist’s protests connect with the widespread experiences among others who are struggling with problems themselves… The Diary Drawings form a graphic autobiography of rare emotional directness. They also tell of ties that held against unimaginable strain, and so give an extraordinary story of damage and repair.” Marina Warner
“I work in mental health and feel [the Diary Drawings are] a unique record of what the experience is like… The visual lightness and humour makes it all so accessible. Brilliant!” Child & adolescent NHS psychotherapist.
The talk opens with a short performance by ACT UP who have created a piece of theatre based on the drawing titled SHOUTING in the publication “Diary Drawings”.