By Ellen Forney
Cartoonist Ellen Forney explores the connection among “crazy” and “creative” during this picture memoir of her bipolar ailment, woven with tales of well-known bipolar artists and writers.
Shortly earlier than her 30th birthday, Forney used to be clinically determined with bipolar sickness. Flagrantly manic and terrified that medicinal drugs might reason her to lose creativity, she begun a years-long fight to discover psychological balance whereas protecting her passions and creativity.
Searching to make feel of the preferred thought of the loopy artist, she unearths thought from the lives and paintings of different artists and writers who suffered from temper problems, together with Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, William Styron, and Sylvia Plath. She additionally researches the scientific features of bipolar disease, together with the strengths and barriers of assorted remedies and drugs, and what reviews let us know in regards to the conundrum of trying to “cure” an another way amazing mind.
Darkly humorous and very own, Forney’s memoir presents a visceral glimpse into the consequences of a temper ailment on an artist’s paintings, as she stocks her personal tale via daring black-and-white pictures and evocative prose.
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