Time stood still, that’s why I’ve got the watch, and its time and time again that I’ve got ill. I was roaring like a bear and being irritable, and biting people’s heads off. I was acting wild, that’s why I put that scenery there. These weren’t the things I was buying, but I was buying all sorts of different things. I put that there because I bought some furniture for people. Not exactly the same as that, but furniture. I had it delivered to the people’s houses without them knowing, but they seemed happy enough. This has happened to me quite a few times, about thirty nine times. I was getting ill twice a year. This time I wasn’t taking my tablets properly and I was feeling alright, but I started getting a bit high and then I started getting manic and I couldn’t listen to anyone in my family who told me to start taking my tablets. I can’t say that I felt happy while I was high. It was just like a whirlwind, I was just rushing about buying a lot of things. Its quite regrettable. It would be good to give people an insight into how people with mental illness feel when they are ill – if they’re interested. I’ve had friends in the past and we’ve fallen out when I’ve been ill. The majority of the friends I have now have had mental illnesses themselves so they understand.
Alexa Wright works with photography, video, sound and interactive digital media. Her practice often exists at the intersection of art and medical science. Alexa’s work has been shown widely, both nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include: 'Slippage, The Unstable Nature of Difference', Chester University Gallery (2015); 'Crafting Anatomies', Bonington Gallery, Nottingham (2015); 'Hybrid Bodies', PHI Centre, Montreal (2014); 'Archisle Photography Open', Jersey Arts Centre, St Helier, Jersey (2013); (honorable mention); 'Portas Abertas', Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, Évora, Portugal (2013); 'Digital Aesthetic 3', Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston (2012); 'Born in 1987: the Animated Gif', Photographer’s Gallery, London (2012). Alexa is Reader in Photography and Visual Culture at the University of Westminster in London, UK. Her single-authored book, ‘Monstrosity the human monster in visual culture’ was published by IB Tauris in June 2013. Funded by the Arts Council, Alexa is currently artist in residence at two Mental Health Recovery Centres in North London, UK. View all posts by Alexa Wright