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Patients Waiting to See the Doctor, with Figures Representing Their Fears

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The painting shows patients waiting to see the doctor. They are painted in maggot-like shapes derived from the artist's psychosis, or mental illness. Since the age of six, the artist has had at times sensations of maggots moving about in her body. She had an unhappy childhood culminating in a suicide attempt at the age of 15. Since then she has spent periods in psychiatric care, enduring electrical and chemical therapies without achieving relief from her feeling of maggots taking over her body.

Wellcome Collection

London


Date

1997

Medium

oil on wood (MDF)

Measurements

H 91.5 x W 61 cm

Accession number

546554i

Acquisition method

purchased

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

The patients with their fears waiting to see the doctor. 24.6.1997. R. Carson


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