This exhibition includes paintings, photographs, sculptures and videos that were inspired by current scientific knowledge about mental health. The artwork in the Frederick E. Berry Library, reflects biology, data and personal stories in an effort that we might gain new insights into mental health. Among the elements in this exhibition is the “99 Faces Project”, a series of photos without labels that show individuals who are on the bipolar spectrum, the schizophrenia spectrum along with those who love them.
Artist Lynda Cutrell shares, “I have always been drawn to science, and to our human need to organize information in a meaningful way. My works are meant to translate science into visual art and metaphor, with the goal of making complex information more accessible and easier to understand.
My hopes for viewers of this work are that we recognize the value of all individuals in the community, whether or not they have symptoms of mental illness; that we gain greater knowledge of ourselves and our mental health strengths and weaknesses; and that we achieve sympathy, appreciation, acceptance and a desire to help those of us whose lives are disrupted and would benefit from more support and understanding.”
Before pursuing a career in the arts, Lynda Cutrell worked in financial services in Boston and New York for 25 years. After her 50th birthday, her husband suggested she follow her dream of returning to school to study art. In 2006, she enrolled at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and studied painting. Today, she has a studio in the SOWA Art District in Boston.
Artist Lynda Cutrell will be on site for tours and to answer questions on Wednesdays from 2 to 2:45 starting June 13 through August 15. The library will be closed on Wednesday, July 4.
An artist’s reception will take place from 4 to 6 pm on Wednesday, July 11 from 4 to 6 pm.