Globally, mental health issues cannot be ignored. According to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), there are currently nearly 1 billion people in the world affected by mental health problems of varying degrees.

Images can play a key role in understanding mental health problems and can also be used as part of the therapeutic journey. As early as the 1960s, the team of American physiologist Roger W. Sperry discovered that image information processing comes first, and symbol information processing (such as language) comes second. All information related to emotions will be processed by the right brain and stored in the form of images, especially images related to the experience of important events or scenes related to profound emotions will be stored in the right brain hemisphere.

The process of drawing can help to visualize and process hidden emotions that cannot be expressed in words. This can happen directly through the right brain, without the judgment and logic of the left brain. When patients see illustrated works that resonate with their own feelings and experiences, then healing can start from here.

We’ve divided the experience of suffering from a mental health problem into five phases and have used these as headlines to structure our reader: causes of disease, sickness, seeking help, recovery and personal growth and development. For each of these phases we have collected visual and textual resources (displayed in the right column) and have added our own thoughts and comments (in the left column). We hope that this demonstrates the power of illustration to play a significant role in helping others understand the experience of mental health problems and as well as contributing to the healing process of those who are affected themselves.



This article showed that Chinese families have a high degree of restraint over each other.In addition, it reflects the specific parent-child relationship in China. In the eyes of parents, children are always children who need to be taken care of, rather than independent individuals.

Another family relationship with obvious Chinese cultural characteristics is influenced by Implicit and introverted Chinese expression. We are not very good at speaking I love you, but usually express it in speech and behavior, The love between father and son is representative of the Chinese way of expressing emotions. This point is also expressed in the detailed description of father and son's farewell at the station in the article named figure by Ziqing Zhu. I said, dad, you might leave now. but he looked out of the window and said, “I’m going to by some tangerines for you. You just stay here, do not move around.”

3. The influence of family parents on children's conception of life and death is significant

"Parents are a veil between the child and death”- One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez, 1967 Argentina)
The people you are closest to directly affect your outlook on life and death. Death with parents is abstract. When we face death, death is concrete and intuitive. One Hundred Years of Solitude works on so many levels, from childlike fantasy to exploration of the grief or happiness that solitude can bring which established with the magical realist style and thematic substance as an important representative novel of the literary Latin American and became one of the supreme achievements in literature.

“Our body, hair and skin are given to us by our parents. Our body not only belongs to ourselves, but also to our parents. Parents have very high expectations for their children, and their children's success is a sign of filial piety.”- the classic of filial piety (Confucian) Family factors have a huge impact on individual's mental health, and family values are often influenced by social, historical and traditional cultural. As China for example, Chinese Confucian classics, represented by Confucius, are one of the ancient foundations of Chinese culture and have a great influence on Chinese social forms and family relations.

“Parents are a veil between the child and death”- One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez, 1967 Argentina)


People express their anxiety online, and the developed online world and different social software, media, etc. make the anxiety spread more widely, and people's followers will see this anxiety as normal, thus plunging the whole society into an anxious mood.

4. Are We All Anxious Now?

The all-consuming world of social media has pushed many of us to new levels of anxiety. While social media amplifies anxieties in a public forum, giving rise to new forms of anxiety and antagonistic behavior (FOMO, cyberbullying, the initially fictional condition of video-physiognomic- dysphoria (VPD) or aversion to one’s online video image), and feeds new obsessions and related art forms, the concept of anxiety has been with us for centuries. Unlike fear, which is a biological ‘fight or flight’ response to a present threat, anxiety is ‘fear without a definite object’, as the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard established in 1844’s The Concept of Anxiety. Fear subsides when an external threat is no longer present, while anxiety festers internally, but may latch on to objects in its path.

Are We All Anxious Now? (2019)


People may not get illness by no reason, even psychological illness. Without physiological causes, people will only acquire mental problems by events which usually involves their familiars in their lives.From these materials, we can clearly see that people are affected by the society and relationships deeply, such as children are affected by their parents, teachers and friends. The individuals would not only follow the order and simulate the behavior from the society in order to be a part of it, also keep thinking what kind of the status they are placed. Based on this principle of the social animal, those who live in isolation, like bullied children, are more probably to acquire a mental problem. However, since the society is such powerful to impact its subjects, it is responsible to devote in offering a healthy mental environment, which means the society (not only in the country, but in a neighborhood, workplace, school, etc.) is also powerful to create a positive circumstance to help people who are struggling with psychological problems, and keep others in a positive mental status.

5. How People Are Affected By The Society

Under certain given circumstances, and only under those circumstances, an agglomeration of men presents new characteristics very difference from those of the individuals composing it. The sentiments and ideas of all the persons in the gathering take one and the same direction, and their concious personality vanishes. A collective mind is formed, doubtless transitory, but preawnting very clearly defined characteristics. We know to-day that byprocesses an individual may be brought into such a condition that, having entirely lost his conscious personality,he obeys all the suggestions of the operator who has deprived himof it, and commits acts in utter contradiction with his character and habits. The most careful observations seem to prove that an individual immerged for some length of time in a crowd in action soon finds himself --either in consequence of the magnetic influence given out by the crowd, or from some other cause of which we are ignorant -- in a special state, which much resembles the state of fascination in which the hypnotised individual finds himself in the hands of the hypnotiser. The activity of the brain being paralysed in the case of the hypnotised subject,the latter becomes the slave of all the unconscious activities of his spinal cord, which the hypnotiser directs at will. The concious personality has entirely vanished; will and discernment are lost. All feelings and thoughts are bent in the direction determined by the hypnotiser.

The Crowd: Study Of The Popular Mind (2021)


Environment factors are also a reason that affects mental health in addition to the family and social environment. But is often overlooked because it is less obvious and direct.

6. Could Bad Buildings Damage Your Mental Health?

Research has shown city dwellers are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression.

Screaming sirens, overcrowding, traffic; life in the city isn’t always relaxing. These stressors aren’t simply inconvenient or irritating, though; research has suggested that urban living has a significant impact on mental health. One meta-analysis found that those living in cities were 21% more likely to experience an anxiety disorder – mood disorders were even higher, at 39%. People who grew up in a city are twice as likely to develop schizophrenia as those who grew up in the countryside, with a 2005 study suggesting this link may even be causal.

Urban stressors appear to have a biological impact, too. A 2011 study from the Central Institute of Mental Health at the University of Heidelberg found that city living was associated with greater stress responses in both the amygdala and the cingulate cortex – areas linked to emotional regulation, depression and anxiety. This increased activation, the research team said, could have a “lasting effect”, both on the brain’s development and its ongoing susceptibility to mental illness.

Could bad buildings damage your mental health? (2016)



This painting is a very good representation of the feelings of a person who has fallen into mental problems. The weeds and branches are like the various thoughts in the mind that surround and bury themselves. Although they are soft, they make it hard for people to breathe.

1. Untitled by Monica Rohan

Untitled by Monica Rohan


The scene of this video may be that everyone who is losing weight has fantasized in their minds, get rid of the flesh and becoming the "standard figure". Although aesthetic diversity, body diversification and freedom of dressing are appealed, there are still many people who are suffering from body anxiety.People with bad body images are generally not confident, feel dissatisfied or ashamed of their figure, and even look at certain parts of their body (such as nose, waist, thighs, etc.) with a distorted perspective. These people often face higher mental health risks, such as anxiety, low self-esteem, social fears and depression, and may further lead to physical deformation disorders, eating disorders and other diseases.People with body anxiety are those with a high incidence of eating disorders. The symptoms of patients include dieting, excessive exercise, overeating, vomiting after meals, use of laxatives, etc. Eating disorders can have many negative effects on the patient's health, mood and life.


The Subway is the best known of the figurative paintings George Tooker made in response to the social injustices and isolation of postwar urban society—paintings that find an analogue in the period’s existentialist philosophy. In The Subway, Tooker employed multiple vanishing points and sophisticated modeling to create an imagined world that is presented in a familiar urban setting. Whether closed off in tiled niches or walking down the long passageway, each androgynous, anxiety-ridden figure appears psychologically estranged, despite being physically close to others in the station. The central group of commuters is locked in a grid of the metal grating’s cast shadows, while the labyrinthine passages seem to lead nowhere, suspending the city’s inhabitants in a modern purgatory. As Tooker remarked, he chose the subway as the setting for this painting because it represented “a denial of the senses and a negation of life itself.”

3. subway 1950 by George Tooker

subway 1950 by GeorgeTooker


Mental depression and distress can put a load on the body and cause harm at the same time, such as sleep, diet, and other problems, which in turn makes mental stress more, a vicious circle. So perhaps maintaining a healthy routine and keeping the body healthy can also side-effect mental problems.

4. How Trauma Affects The Body And Mind

Trauma leaks out physically even when people deny that they are traumatized. With me, my hair fell out and, usually powerfully athletic, I lost drastic amounts of muscle strength and definition. It was as though I’d been literally knocked down and winded. For others, it takes the form of strange allergies, trapped nerves caused by muscle tension, headaches, peculiar rashes and pain that migrate around the body, creating a constant low-level buzz of discomfort and chronic difficulty.

How trauma affects the body and mind (2019)


We have also observed a cunning saying: Women’s pursuit of beauty is a process of self-empowerment, an expression of women’s pursuit of independence. This is very much like the cigarette marketing designed by psychologist Edward Bernays for female consumers in the late 1920s. Bernays deliberately downplayed the functionality of cigarettes and focused on people's deep desires. He catered to the first generation of feminism at the time, and packaged smoking, a not-so-healthy behavior, into a "torch of freedom" to show women's sovereignty. The current plastic surgery industry has also borrowed from this routine, packaging beauty into a female self-empowerment behavior. Even some feminist bloggers sometimes receive advertisements related to medical beauty or cosmetics, and they are all products aimed at women's beauty needs. Once a feminist blogger advertised a lipstick as "the color used by professional women." This also reflects a gender standard-no matter what occupation women are engaged in, they must meet the standard of beauty. "Beauty scientists" or "beauty executives" are sometimes mentioned in the media. It seems that women must not only do well in their own industry, but also have to take into account the beauty of their appearance.

Does beauty really have standards? (2020)


Too much concern for the views of others is the main manifestation of social phobia, fear of other people's eyes, the illusion of embarrassing scenarios, and the lack of coping methods in the face of embarrassment also make social phobia a vicious cycle. But perhaps it can be said that people with social phobia have low self-esteem but an excess of self-awareness, over-amplifying themselves in their imagination unable to extricate themselves, thus making the social thing more and more serious.

6. When Everyday Environments Become Anxious Spaces

For many people with social anxiety, public spaces are potential spaces of embarrassment and social humiliation.

Tim Cresswell, an expert in human geography, argues that a feeling of ‘out of blackness causes people to “questionable behavior and define what is and is not appropriate for a particular setting”. For example, Sam scrutinizes his own social actions and behavior, and concludes, based on his assumptions about how other people will react to him, that he does not ‘belong’.

“I feel incredibly self-conscious when I leave my house. Walking through my town or just being in public is horrendous. I get palpitations and start to panic in any social exchange, as people can see that I am visibly anxious and think I’m weird or awkward. I just feel completely out of place and worry about what others might think of me.’

When everyday environments become anxious spaces (2018)



"The whole system and mode of operation of human society today is based on the majority of so-called 'normal' people, and is designed for such a majority of existence, but nature is not a machine, nature will create all kinds of possibilities of life, autistic group is one such existence. In such not design society for them, they will be suffering a lot of not adapt, discrimination and misunderstanding. Their feeling, thinking, cognitive style and communication frequency are born with what we call a normal person is different. They are not able to express what they see and perceive in the usual way, and they may be more sensitive than the average person. In such an environment, they gradually feel the strange eyes around them, so they become uneasy and panic, but in fact they have done nothing wrong.The reason I chose this picture is as he makes clear in this an introduction to this picture, he was aware that an intense consideration of autistic was not common to healthy people in society. to create a better atmosphere for autistic patients to feel their own existence and better find suitable life track relies on more people know this group, adapt to and accept their existence with a more tolerant attitude, and offer help to them when they are in trouble.ZIKAI proposes metaphorical approach to introduce this particular group to the community. The autistic person is likened to a mythical beast with different expressions. There are many images of half man and half beast in all the world mythology since ancient times. Each animal has different way of communication and observation. The image of the ancient existed in the artist’s eyes is a symbol of the group different from normal people in human society, they have their own keen perception, has its own expression and frequency, they also need to get a response. Whatever means, making the public more caring and understanding of the special groups suffering from mental health diseases, and telling ordinary stories, can increase the goodwill between people and create a better social atmosphere.

1. Depressed clothes 2018 by ZIKAI GUO

Depressed clothes (2018)


In the upper right corner of the work, there is an ear that has received external information. We can see "Love is strong", but another message is blocked. It can be seen that at this stage when the condition is very unstable, Bryan still insists on choosing the information to receive, observing all the information rationally, and adhering to the concept of believing in love instead of relying on drugs.

2. Self Portrait Series 29th April 1991 by Bryan Charnley

Self Portrait Series 29th April 1991 by Bryan Charnley (1991)


Ordinary people may have prejudices against people with mental illnesses, such as peculiar behaviors and bizarre words, but that people who have mental illnesses just feel the world differently than ordinary people. They see the world from a different perspective, just as the artist Yayoi Kusama sees polka dots in her eyes and Van Gogh sees turbulence in his brush. Their works provide us with a different perspective on things.


At the age of 11, Niki was sexually abused by her drunken father and began to realize the misadventures of the women in her family. Our home was once stuffy and suffocating, a closed space with rare freedom and privacy. I didn't want to be the patron saint of my family. I yearn for the world, but the world belongs to the men. A woman can be queen, but she must stay in her beehive,Niki wrote in her autobiography. She tried to escape the shadow of childhood by marriage. Niki's spirit broke down and she was admitted to a mental hospital. Finally, at the doctor's suggestion, Niki began to engage in art.

4. Niki de Saint Phalle

5. Both Mind And Body, Internal And External Factors Must Be Included In Our Own Personal Journey Towards Healing And Survival

Both mind and body, internal and external factors must be included in our own personal journey towards healing and survival. Victims must reintegrate the parts of themselves that have been torn apart and dissociated from each other: their words, thoughts, feelings and physical actions.

This is why things like daily exercise, dance and yoga – dismissed as nebulous New Age solutions until recently – are being embraced by those who work in this field. I’ve even seen powerful therapeutic effects happening among participants in amateur choirs in mental health charities.

These activities don’t just create good chemicals that temper depressive symptoms, they also re-root us in our bodies and among other people. Victims must get to a place where we are comfortable in our life story, comfortable in our skin, comfortable in the world. Writing and telling our story is part of that: a verbalisation, an externalisation, a contextualisation, a reintegration of our fractured selves and an expression of our sometimes incoherently huge pain.

How trauma affects the body and mind (2019)


For doctors, it seems that the only way to treat patients is to continuously give high doses of drugs, even if this does not improve the patient's condition. For Bryan, rational insight seems to be the truth that can change everything, that is, the understanding of love itself. He can realize that to a schizophrenic patient, the so-called rational insight seems absurd and unreliable.But it cannot be ruled out that there is no such possibility, and each patient should be treated differently, rather than grouped together.

6. written record of Self Portrait Series 29th April 1991

“Things had really being getting out of hand. A strange spiritual force was making me feel I should not smoke or I would incur a disaster. This was driving me crazy as I am normally a heavy smoker. I walked and walked, throwing my pouch of tobacco away. I had taken 15 tables of Depixol on 24th April to try and throw off the spiritual demands which were driving me crazy along with the E.S.P.but to no avail. I kept taking high dosages the next few days but nothing was having any effect and I felt I might have to got to hospital. When I arrived home from one of my long walks my twin phoned. I told him how I felt and he said some words of truth that completely cut through the situation to the bone and rendered the spiritual forces thankfully impotent. I wrote, to complement “Love hurts” of 23.4.91, “Love is Strange” because this was the first real help I had been given in my illness. Everybody else seemed to try and make me feel worse. It is also reference to the statement by Christ that love is the truth. I wanted really to say that truth is power, is beauty, is love but left it as it is because I think the song of the same name is so great any way. The doctors just prescribe more and more drugs when the patients comes up with something he can’t handle. What I think is interesting is that the drugs, no matter how high the dosage had no effect. What made the change was rational insight, the truth. The beauty of truth. The doctors of course will mutter the drugs just began to take effect but I do not believe this for an instant. I believe instead that the answer to my condition is rational insight but the doctors seem unwilling, or unable to help me here. Certainly many different schizophrenias exist and some cannot be attacked by rational insight for reason has broken down but why should everybody be lumped in the same druggy boat? I am overwhelmed by things I cannot understand. Understanding what was going on, the truth of the."

written record of Self Portrait Series 29th April 1991 (1991)

7. Visual Arts For Anxiety Relief And Help

Visual art has more to do – not simply in documenting the range and extent of our anxieties, but in constructing the means for their relief. Foster Wallace once named ‘fiction, poetry, music’ as the arts through which the loneliness of mental illness may be ‘stared down, transfigured, treated’. Such big claims are more commonly made for both literature and music, perhaps because those forms can be experienced in private worlds. Books and music are a functional distraction from insomnia and pain, a means to quell rumination. More commonly an institutional experience, visual art does not seek to compete as cultural benzodiazepine.

Are We All Anxious Now? (2019)

8. Research on the healing function of art

The therapeutic effect of art works on mental illness is reflected in many aspects, and has been explained and studied in the fields of pedagogy, psychology, literature, psychiatry and so on

As early as the 1960s, the team of American physiologist Roger W. Perry discovered that the left and right hemispheres of the human brain have asymmetries in function. The left and right hemispheres dominating different functions and thinking patterns. Based on this asymmetry, people's thinking activities will show two cognitive modes of left brain orientation and right brain orientation. Another characteristic of the brain's information processing function is that image information processing comes first, and symbol information processing comes second. Psychological research shows that all information related to emotions will be processed by the right brain and stored in the form of images, especially images related to experienced important events or scenes related to some profound emotions will be stored in the right brain.

The process of drawing is the ability to visualize, to process hidden emotions that cannot be expressed in words, directly through the right brain, without the judgment and logic of the left brain. The more patients see works similar to their own feelings, the more resonant they will be, and the healing can start from here.

Research on the healing function of art (2015)

9. Art cure written record of Freud

Kusama was found himself in the visual, hearing, and heart can feel the nature, the universe and human, flowers, and blood is sweeping the world, they are in the form of magic, horror and mystery impress her, her life firmly trapped, these hidden in the soul behind the monster is like ghost, stubborn, all the year round with her companions, Until it drove her to a half-mad state. But art for her was like documenting her life and healing her own illness (mental visual disorder). In her world, where furniture talks and a sofa has a human face, she draws these things as an outlet. So the purpose of art therapy is catharsis, to allow the individual to make peace with the painful memory and obtain relief. The ritualistic process of storing memories of the past one by one in a work and then quietly preserving it sometimes leads to a handshake with the past.Freud saw artists as "daydreamers". He believed that people use artistic means to express the subconscious which is dominated by the instinctive desire, and these desires can be realized in the art world to relieve the pressure of the "id" impulse, without causing mental problems. It also argues that it is not just artists who are compensated in the process, but the wider audience. Art works on the principle of pleasure. In art works, no matter punishment for evil and praise for good, or happy ending can give people pleasure, but also have the nature of disguised "compensation".



‘This wordless picturebook tells the story of a lonely girl who moves house and school and needs to find a way of making friends. She finds a special rabbit, which she uses to help her make new friends – a clever device, although she soon discovers that she can be a good friend without anything special to help her. The pace of the pictures, and hence the story, varies interestingly – sometimes fast, sometimes more reflective. A very personal book, it makes its point with gentle humour.’—The BolognaRagazzi Award Jury

2. Jeg Rømmer 2018 by Mari Kanstad Johnsen


Niki's creation starts from the collapse and finds her own expression in the struggle. From the "shooting art" at the beginning to a defender of women's rights, she actively used paintings and sculptures to express her dissatisfaction. The plump image of Nana exaggerates the maternal characteristics, and the bright colors and vivid body movements seem to encourage viewers to break all constraints, to be confident and proud.

4. An later work by Niki de Saint Phalle

5. The application of art therapy in various disciplines

In terms of The research of neuroscience, neuroscientist Erich Harth wrote in his book <The Creative Loop: How the Brain Makes a Mind,1993> which introduced the neural mechanism of creativity and imagination. He pointed out the neurological mechanism of "mental images activate the same neural pathways as external images". Back to the period of the Renaissance, architect and theorist Leo Battista Alberti(1404-1472) revealed that a person with a fever would feel relieved at the sight of a stream, while an insomnac would quickly fall asleep when they saw clear streams. So our bodies react to the images in a same way, whether they're real or not.

This view has a lot applications in art healing, one of which is to give the patient a sense of control and satisfaction in the creative process as a creator. Freud pointed out in his psychoanalytic experiments that art can provide alternative satisfaction to satisfy the individual's fantasy that cannot be realized in reality, thereby alleviating pain and "achieving healing." Illusory satisfaction, as art provides it, is fantasy in contrast to reality. But, because of this kind of fantasy can reduce the burden of spiritual life, they are still spiritual gratification. "

Secondly, in Jung's "analytical psychology", the purpose of psychotherapy is to help the individual reveal the various components of personality, so that the individual can achieve self-realization. In his opinion, through the process of painting, the patient's consciousness and subconscious keep talking to each other, and the information of thinking, emotion and unconscious can be expressed in the form of objectivity, so as to help the patient release bad emotions and achieve self-integration.

There is a third explanation in the humanist way, where researchers hold a people-oriented approach and concern for the value and dignity of human nature. On the basis of Gestalt psychology and Gestalt therapy, Janie Rhyne explored the therapeutic approach of the Gestalt Art Experience. She pointed out that the behavior in painting, the relationship between picture and scene can indicate what is the focus of the patient's life, and the way the lines and colors are used can reveal the patient's unique perception of life. In this way, art treatments are able to help the docters to find the missing sub-personality of patients and push the treatment forward.

Research on the healing function of art (2015)


While most of the traditional treatments for psychological problems are medication, psychotherapy or modified electroconvulsive therapy(MECT), the existence of this article made me realize that there is a very innovative and interesting way of trying to rehabilitate people with mental illness.

This approach can be considered as a branch of art therapy, which is practiced by a counsellor who picture the patient's past trauma and use the outcome to interacts with the patient in order to heal him or her. In this process, the patient could share, talk about, and confront their trauma, and ultimately see and evaluate their trauma from a new perspective.

In previous picture-based art therapy, the patient usually creates the painting and the therapist interprets the picture, but this approach is the other way round, which requires a high degree of empathy and countertransference between the therapist and the patient. in this way, he could understand better the feelings of isolation, rejection, loss, and alienation that many of his patients experience every day, in return, viewing the paintings is an intense experience for the patients as well.Using artwork to understand the experience of mental illness: Mainstream artists and Outsider artists

The reason why I think this approach is unique is because not all people with mental illness are able to describe their feelings in detail and this approach helps individuals to express and communicate their feelings without the need for words or logic, for example, when people want to share their feelings or traumatic experiences with loved ones, a sincere picture with a lot of emotional tension will always be more understandable and resonate than just words

In the article, the author mentions that he has searched extensively in the literature but has been unable to find any information or practice using this approach to art therapy, and now, more than ten years later, I have tried searching and found nothing but this article by the author. It seems to me that this is a really creative and promising form of therapy, but why is it so rarely used in practice? I think it is because in traditional art therapy, the therapist only needs to listen, analyze and interpret from an observer and professional perspective, whereas this counter-empathy approach requires the therapist to repeatedly figure out and feel the pain that the patient is experiencing, which is actually emotionally and psychologically taxing and damaging to the therapist himself. Even so, I hope this reader will attract more people to this field.

6. Using Artwork To Understand The Experience Of Mental Illness: Mainstream Artists And Outsider Artists

I have found another intersection of art and the mind: artwork produced by the psychotherapist with the emotional experience of the client as the subject. For the last two years, I have been making paintings depicting the depression, mania, psychosis, and compulsions of my clients. The paintings have become part of the bond between us, and are integrated into our psychotherapy. My initial purpose was to enter into the clients’ world of mental illness to help me understand it better. The paintings have done that, and more – they have helped the clients by making tangible their intangible experiences.

Using artwork to understand the experience of mental illness: Mainstream artists and Outsider artists (2008)


Bunt uses sensitive colors and carefully designed composition, and the scenes of the artist's dogs, farmers and landscapes are depicted straightly and nostalgically, reminiscent of the early British artist Christopher wood. He is also a poet, and many of his poems are accompanied by personal paintings. Born in East Peckham, England, he was a farm worker in 1957 and later became a builder, and did not begin painting until he was about 25. He fought with disease as an adult and eventually converted to Christianity, and he often regarded Christianity as part of his practice. In 2016, bunt held an exhibition called by the grace of God at the Portland Gallery in London. In the exhibition, he put the Biblical Scene in the background of contemporary British society and reinterpreted the biblical scene.These artists in the process of creation and thinking to ease emotional conflicts, constantly refresh self-awareness and self-development. Their desire for living and their love for life make them actively self repair and strive to balance the internal and external world of individuals.


Building the joy and peace of life: Gary Bunt

"Art actually gives me a kind of freedom of rebirth. When I draw, I will not think about anything that is frightening and despairing."

I found that Gary Bunt's paintings had a kind of childish beauty. He did not receive professional art training, relying on the love of painting to draw his childhood, family and memories. British illustrator Gary Bunt, however, was diagnosed with cancer in his middle age. During his illness, he used painting to calm his heart. After his recovery, he decided to heal others through art, just as painting helped him rebuild the joy and peace of life. As a cancer survivor, he painted himself as an old man in order to prevent recurrence of his disease and may not be able to live in peace in his old age. Most of Gary's themes are based on the details of daily life and personal memories. Although most of his paintings are gray, they are full of childlike fun and do not make people feel depressed at all, so that the viewer can feel the tranquility and peace of rural life. Every painting of Gary will be accompanied by a poem about the four seasons, desk entertainment, childhood toys, rural life, fishermen and hunters, dogs, cats, fish... He loves to describe all the details of his life, as well as the combination of poetry and painting. Fate has given him a test, but he has found his way of destiny.


LouiseGlück was born on April 22, 1943. She is the 2003-2004 American Poet Laureate, and has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Award, the Stevens Award, and the Bollingen Award. Seven days before Louise Glick was born, her sister died unfortunately. This tragedy not only hit her parents hard, but also shrouded her childhood in the guilt of "survivors". At the age of sixteen, Louise suffered from anorexia. Anorexia gave Louise a sense of control she had never had before. Oneself, gain a powerful soul, and control one's own body. In the end, her weight was only 30 kg. Fortunately, Louise took the initiative to start psychotherapy for seven years. The experience of psychotherapy has had a profound impact on Louis Ribbon. The awakening and comprehension brought about by 7 years of psychotherapy first cured her. Later she said: “Psychoanalysis taught me to think and to check my own words with a skeptical attitude, allowing me to transform self-doubt into insight.” But not every patient with anorexia will take the initiative to treat himself, and complete the sublimation process from anorexia to poet. Only by participating in professional treatment will you have the opportunity to truly face the pain, become your own master, and have a wonderful life of your own, like Louise.

From anorexia to Nobel Prize winner (2020)



‘I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression since I was a teenager. There have been times when it has crippled me, and I was afraid of everything. I started to face my fears, my demons head on and I still do. It’s scary in the dark but what’s more scary to me is denying and suppressing what lurks beneath the surface. My mental health is good these days. My dark days are still here, but I no longer turn them away.’ Tiger, Shark and Me Sit Down for Tea by Emma Haddow (2017)

There is no doubt that depression and anxiety are like demons in the dark in life. Instead of denying and suppressing their existence, it is better to accept them and find a way to get along with them. the Jungian idea is that part of personality development is to understand your shadow (those things about you that you do not want to admit to).

1. Tiger, Shark and Me Sit Down for Tea by Emma Haddow

Tiger, Shark and Me Sit Down for Tea by Emma Haddow (2017)


Songsantu, an artist, often uses flowers and plants as her theme, because plants have vigorous vitality. Seeing her works, you can feel the power of art that she wants to convey to the audience, the power of life, the power of upward spray and savage growth.

It's a therapeutic tool. The audience is those who feel depressed and confused in life.

Life is like dark and wet soil, always trying to bury us. But we can also be seeds, in the kingdom of plants, breaking through the dark. This exuberant vitality can give people strength, let people injured heart grow up again, like the spring plants, like the shining stars at night.

Picasso said: Good artists imitate fur, great artists steal soul. I think the artist song santu is such a soul stealer. Opening the door of her identity as an artist, people can find different identities such as aura astrologer and art healer, which bring spiritual nourishment to her artistic creation from different angles and consciousness levels.Song Santu can draw creative inspiration from the universe, the occult and nature. In her words, "I use myself as a medium to peer into the universe through meditation, download some symbols and language that I perceive, and then record them in the paintings in a very fast way." In her works, I can often feel that human life is very passionate and it may spill over into other people's lives, and at such times I feel that I too can be released and burned in such a passionate way. In her flowers and universe, I feel the endless vitality, the impending collision and pouring out.


When Nychos was facing severe health problems and was about to die, he had spiritual healing with friends. He created this mural after he recovered. the reason why I chose this graffiti by Nychos is that this piece fundamentally shows the chakra system through his anatomy style, which is way better to express and explain how the chakra arranged and operates. And the huge size of this graffiti makes this tool of communication more striking and noticeable to the public. The works created by artists through their own experience are usually more persuasive to the public, so this work also allows them to realize that there is a hidden energy system that is significantly related to both physical and mental health. More Influential artists creating their work with spiritual knowledge, more people who appreciate those artworks are able to get a sense of this kind of information. then there is the possibility that people can learn and understand this system and use it for healing them from mental problems.

3. Mural by Nychos

Mural by Nychos (2019)