Local art show – One artist’s experiences of Accessing Psychiatric Care

Kyoko H

A local art show featuring art by an artist with lived experience. 

Outsiders and Others is honoured to present Kim O’Brien’s exhibition Entangled.

This important art installation by self-taught artist Kim O’Brien is based on her personal experience as a patient in the BC mental health system in Vancouver. This disturbing experience is primarily depicted in life size sculptures that are felted, stitched, knitted, and sewn.

Mental health is not an easy subject to discuss. In this case, the artist uses it as the focal point and catalyst for this exhibition. This body of work takes the viewer on a step by step journey through the artist’s personal experience which will leave you shaken. Some will see the exhibition as controversial because of it’s direct, honest, and at times disturbing content.

Kim’s experience is an important one to present as it is her own. And her voice deserves to be heard.
“In the fall of 2020 I fell down a flight of stairs and broke my jaw that required surgery to wire shut. My broken jaw set off a chain of events that ended in psychosis and me being apprehended under the Mental Health Act. ENTANGLED is an extraction, exploration and documentation of a psychiatric misdiagnosis. A visual representation of loss, shock, anger, grief and trauma from psychiatric care. I have been able to lean into the hardness of this experience in part because of the unwavering support of my doctor, family and therapist, and although I continue to brush up against trauma, I am also an artist who believes in the importance of exploring difficult narrative.”

Local art show - One artist's experiences of accessing psychiatric care

Kim O’Brien

Events associated with the exhibition will be held at Outsiders and Others at 716 East Hastings Street, Vancouver. 

May 4, 2-4pm Opening reception
May 18, 2pm Exhibition tour and talk with the artist / general public
June 1, 2pm Exhibition tour and talk with the artist / Mental Health Community only
June 15, 2pm Exhibition tour and talk with the artist / general public
June 29, 2pm Closing celebration

The exhibition has images of blood, nudity, profanity, and psychiatric trauma.