Knitting Time: a journey through loss is an R&D project by writer/ artist Colin Hambrook, reflecting on loss and psychosis. The resulting exhibition at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, West Sussex, due to be exhibited in October 2013 will consist of paintings, drawings, prints, a soundscape, an illustrated poetry collection exploring related themes.
Despite the universality of the experience of grief and loss, there are few cultural outlets for expression of these states of being. Hovering below the surface, emotions of grief and loss have dominated my life journey and directed the course of my career as an artist and writer, leading me to work within the Disability Arts sector. The consequences of an inability to resolve these difficult emotions have had an ongoing affect personally, and I believe demand investigation around issues relevant to human experience and society as a whole.
Psychiatry would suggest the health issues I live with are down to genetics and chemical imbalances in the brain; whilst ideas within the recovery model advocated by clinical psychologist Rufus May and theories within academic John Archer’s The Nature of Grief are less inclined to see grief and loss as an illness and more inclined to understand reactions to these experiences in terms of repression and lack of opportunity for expression of the impact of these emotional experiences.
Knitting Time is my attempt to address these issues, by opening up a discussion on this blog. Please feel free to leave comments or email me via firstname.lastname@example.org