Sewing yourself back together
by The Art & Science of Medicine

Freehand machine embroidery of a human brain, with a collage of symbolism of various different treatment approaches surrounding it relating to post-natal depression.

Lucy Dundas, Anna Kharas, Fergus McNeile, Leif Moreau, Chloe Parsons, Jai Patel, Annie Rylance, Shruthi Sankaranarayanan, Thompson,
Caitlin Xerri
Collaborative Creative Piece, Year One
Exhibited at the Foundations of Medicine Conference, November 2017


Olivia Knox

04 November 2018 - 22:12:39
"I particularly like how the intricacy and detail of this artwork reflects the complexity of postnatal depression. I feel that the various colours used represent how postnatal depression can have an impact on people of all ages and personalities. I also like the exploration of different treatment options in the piece demonstrating that there is always more than one option."

Rebecca Harrison

06 November 2018 - 09:40:12
"The intricacy of the patterns of thread and the patchwork of colours and texture help to display the complexity of post natal depression and the treatment methods to help with the condition. The unique pattern helps to explore the individuality of the patient and how this differs between patients. The let’s talk caption and music notes demonstrate 2 types of therapy that may have been significant for this person. The colourful, beautiful artwork explores the wonderful complexity of the human brain and the methods needed to “fix” it. The lose threads symbolise the difficulty in treatment and how complicated and “messy” treatment can be. It also made me think about the fact this comdition may be externally invisible but incredibly significant for the individual."

Zac MacLellan

06 November 2018 - 09:15:49
"I like how visual and striking this piece of artwork is. I think the different colours and the complexed nature of the pattern nicely represent and convey the complexity of post-natal depression. It shows how when people ask to talk or to help, there is so much going on in their brain and body that it makes it difficult to speak out. I also like how the bright colours give a positive spin on the art piece showing that there is a way out of this dark place."

Caitlin O'Toole

06 November 2018 - 09:24:42
"The embroidery is so detailed and beautiful! I love the use of colours and, to me, the mixing of these threads represents how complex the brain is and how the different parts interlink. "