Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and Me

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Diary Drawings Bobby Baker is, in her own words, 'a woman and an artist'. But for 11 years, while creating internationally acclaimed performance pieces such as Box Story and How to Live, she also privately battled severe mental illness. These drawings tell the story. Full description

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These witty, wretched drawings are a plea for mental illness to be treated like other illnesses, as something that happens, not something that someone, somewhere ... has to be blamed for (The Dubliner 2010-05-13)

An illuminating, hopeful book, highly recommended for anyone involved in the care, treatment or counselling of people who experience severe mental distress (Therapy Today 2010-10-01)

Her acute observations ... coupled with verbal wite, ameliorate the rawness of her anguish (The Lancet 2010-08-07)

I would go without food for a week just to get a ticket for her next show (Nigel Slater)

[Praise for Bobby Baker] Exceptionally funny, Bobby Baker is a performance artist of rare quality and distinction. (Daily Telegraph)

Bobby Baker, over the years has produced a remarkable - and immensely important - body of work that has uncovered secret lives and found the extraordinary in the most mundane events, from feeding the baby to going to the supermarket. (Guardian)

Diary Drawings is an intimate reading and viewing experience that will appeal to readers interested in the relationship between art, therapy, and mental health. (ForeWord Reviews, USA 2011-01-01)

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Bobby Baker is, in her own words, 'a woman and an artist'. But for 11 years, while creating internationally acclaimed performance pieces such as Box Story and How to Live, she also privately battled severe mental illness. These drawings tell the story.

Winner of the MIND Book of the Year 2011

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