Outsider Art

Dr. Guislain Museum, Ghent, Belgium

This place is intense. Raw inspiration and a queasy unease were felt in equal measure when I visited this Psychiatric Institution-slash-Gallery and Museum in the summer of 2009. It's surreal.

The fusion of psychiatry and art is surprisingly seamless when seen through the guise of Outsider Art and chronicled in such a place as this institution. It reminded me of the rawness of beauty (and the beauty in rawness) and the appeal of an unpolished art-form. Expressing a feeling, an emotion, in as close to it's natural state as physically possible. That's the struggle.

And I'm very much a fan of art by the untrained in translating this struggle. It's more whole, more integral, more real. I need to keep hold of this mentality.

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