Concept Statement for Laura Minorsky’s “OK”

Mental illness affects four million children and youths in the United States – of that demographic, only twenty percent are diagnosed and treated. Left untreated, mental disorders can have serious long-term implications for children, affecting their personal, social, and academic lives. However, because of the victimization and discrimination of the mentally ill community by an ignorant public, many children suffering from mental disorders are reluctant to share their struggles with peers, doctors, and even family members. Sadly, we live in a society that both vilifies and minimizes the gravity of mental illness, as the media portrays symptoms of mental health issues as personal quirks, fleeting cries for attention, and precursors of criminal intent. I believe that the key to combatting such ignorance and insensitivity is to educate youth about how to recognize and cope with psychological suffering. My illustrations are geared toward a youthful audience for this purpose.  Each drawing serves as a window into the psyche, translating disturbed psychological realities into metaphorical emotional and physical experiences that any viewer can identify with. The illustrations are access points in the facades of black, illuminating realities clouded by ignorance. Yet, the chaotic arrangement removes the nature of the spectacle of art. This is not an exhibition – rather, it is an unmasking of metaphorical truths concealed by time-honored stereotypes, prejudices, and gross generalizations deeply engrained in our collective psyche.

Many thanks to Andrew Mount, for his constant support and encouragement in helping me realize my vision. Special thanks to John Schneider, Peter Freund, and the Gallery Exhibitions Team for their assistance in this project.

 

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Press Release for Laura Minorsky’s “OK”

OK

Exhibition by Laura Minorsky

at Saint Mary’s College of California,

April 15 – May 6 2016

opening reception: Friday, April 15 at 1 PM

Featured image by:

Laura Minorsky

OK, 2015-2016

Pen & Ink, 14”x17”

For Immediate Release:

The Gallery Exhibition team is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of artwork created by Laura Minorsky. Entitled OK, the exhibition will run from 15 April through 6 May, 2016.

OK has ten 14” by 17” ink and paper pieces that explore society’s warped view on mental disorders. Laura Minorsky uses her work to demonstrate a raw perspective from the subject’s psyche.

Gallery 160 is located at Saint Mary’s College of California in the Art & Art History Department, Brother Cornelius Hall. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, Noon to 4pm. For further information please email Andrew Mount at alm16@stmarys-ca.edu or check out our WordPress at https://smcgallery.wordpress.com.

 

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