Layers of Life; Psychiatric Hospital

Photo taken by The Quiet Borderline, who suffers from depression, anxiety, and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). This photo was taken in the art room of her psychiatric hospital in Israel.

I have been hospitalized for 14 months and am due to be released next Tuesday. This is a photo of the art room that I have been working in for the last 14 months that I have been here for. The art therapist gets us to pick a piece of paper, he pins it up on the board and we are told to go go go. We paint whatever we like, he asks some questions about it and that’s that, a bit of art therapy. I love the board that has been used for 17 years or so apparently. It’s an artwork within itself, let alone when the next person comes and pins up their paper, accidentally goes over the edge of the paper and adds to the layers on the board.

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7 thoughts on “Layers of Life; Psychiatric Hospital

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  1. I love this photo. The idea of art as therapy and in this case that masterpiece has been painted from thousands of souls, isvery intriguing to me. I have been browsing your blog and look forward to reading more. Oh and I wanted to tell you about a YouTube video that has a girl painting a rather amazing way. The results are reminiscent of your beatiful Layers of Life.
    I hope this note finds you well and happy and that you are having a serene day.
    xo – S.


  2. I think art therapy is wonderful for the soul and for the other part of your brain that doesn’t get to express itself during regular therapy! I agree…the many stories behind those 17 years that board could tell…the wounds, the joy, the anger, the happiness! I am grateful that you will be released on Tuesday! Good luck!


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