The Aim by Heather J. Martelock

The Aim by Heather J. Martelock

Co-winner of the Picasso (community members, post-docs, and principle investigators) category at the 2015 Brain & Mental Health Art Show. My life has been filled with great positive and negative events’ all of which assist me to create paintings and drawings from these experiences’ and from the experiences of those closest to me. The use ... Read More »

To Know Another Mind by Rebecca Hay

To Know Another Mind by Rebecca Hay

Winner of the Michelangelo (university and college students) category at the 2015 Brain & Mental Health Art Show. Theory of Mind is a concept in neuroscience that examines the root of empathy. It is best defined as the ability to understand that others have different thoughts and experiences from our own. The ability to empathize ... Read More »

The Sun Shines Again by Maelyn Kaya

The Sun Shines Again by Maelyn Kaya

Co-winner of the da Vinci (elementary school students) category at the 2015 Brain & Mental Health Art Show. I was inspired to create this piece when one of my parents experienced depression. As a child, depression is a difficult thing to understand. It is an invisible illness. We don’t see what is happening in the brain, but ... Read More »

Freedom by Kirk Davidson

Freedom by Kirk Davidson

Co-winner of the da Vinci (elementary school students) category at the 2015 Brain & Mental Health Art Show. The person riding the bike is a friend of my mom’s. Freeriding makes him happy and feel free the same way art does for me. It is important to find ways to express yourself in life an ... Read More »

After the fire by Jen MacLeod

After the fire by Jen MacLeod

This art depicts the aftermath of an explosion from a hellfire missile in Afghanistan. Although my original point of view was from above, my dreams take me to the ground every night and this is what I see. I hear the moaning, I smell the body parts burning and I am submersed in the past. Read More »

Kabloom by Jen MacLeod

Kabloom by Jen MacLeod

This art depicts the pain and beauty of triggers that sometimes occur when I am thrown back to the war in Afghanistan. Read More »

My Brain by Jen MacLeod

My Brain by Jen MacLeod

This art depicts the pathways in my brain, the loose screws, the medication, the brokenness of my illness. This is how I see my synapses, my chemicals, and the relationship of my part in a war I still don’t understand to my current reality of disability. Read More »

Untitled by Kathleen McNulty

Untitled by Kathleen McNulty

Inspiration: I love to knit… And was inspired by some album art (specifically Andrew Jackson Jihad). I haven’t painted in years but found the inspiration this year thanks to the right medication cocktail and encouragement from staff members. Read More »

Let go by Susan Shepard

Let go by Susan Shepard

Under the black wavey lines are clues that my partner was not telling me the whole truth. Trying to figure it out literally drove me crazy. I did not let go soon enough which is why I call the piece “Let go” The pink dot is similar to the pink dots I put on the ... Read More »

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