Drawing Alongside My Brother's Schizophrenia

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"How do you establish trust and meaningful connection with a sibling who suffers from schizophrenia? In a desperate attempt to rekindle her relationship with her estranged brother Steve, Joan takes him to art therapy classes at the Art Studios, part of the Vancouver Recovery Through Art program. This marks the beginning of a remarkable journey into the healing power of art. Schizophrenia had already done its worst, confounding Steve with voices, hallucinations and delusions. At fifty-five, Steve was in the burn-out phase of schizophrenia with a hunger for creativity. Joan's efforts to connect with him through art soon become the vehicle of change. Over the next eight years, Steve progresses both artistically and personally. Together, Steve and Joan explore their art, drawing upon their own resources as they learn to trust one another. Steve's artwork provides a glimpse into his perspective, at once both troubled and beautiful. His paintings and drawings are eventually displayed in two solo exhibits at Basic Inquiry Gallery. He attended what would become his final solo show shortly before his death in 2013. One in five North Americans experiences a serious mental health crisis; DrawBridge: Drawing Alongside My Brother's Schizophrenia offers a path of hope for the afflicted and for their advocates. In memory of her brother, Joan has established the Stephen A. Corcoran Memorial Award at Emily Carr University of Art and Design to assist students coping with mental health issues."--
Publisher: Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia :, Caitlan Press,, 2019
ISBN: 9781773860022
Branch Call Number: 616.898 BOX
Characteristics: 183 pages : color illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Corcoran, Stephen A. 1948-2013,- Artist
Alternative Title: North Shore Authors Collection


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Jun 09, 2020

"This is a love story for adults, without any simple resolution or cheap redemption. It is illustrated with beautiful colour plates of Steve Corcoran’s art. Boxall’s text is a valuable complement to the artwork."

~Tom Sandborn, Vancouver Sun

“DrawBridge is a daisychain of word associations as Joan brings in skeins of Steve’s history, art history, and the ups & downs of the bonding journey they went on together, she ever hopeful.”

~Margo Lamont, Grind Writers


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Jun 09, 2020

“Boxall’s narrative will move you and make you reflect on issues of love, intimacy and loss in your own family… This is a love story for adults, without any simple resolution or cheap redemption.”
—Vancouver Sun

“This marvelous, honest story is many things: a helpful, well-researched guide to understanding the lived experience of schizophrenia; an insightful glimpse into making art; and, above all, an example of the immense power of combining loving empathy and the act of creating art to reclaim one’s life. I highly recommend it.”
—Dr. Ron Gibson, MD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry, UBC

“A lyrical portrait of a challenging relationship, Joan Boxall’s memoir about meeting her mentally ill brother every Tuesday for art class is a striking illustration of how art can both save and remake us.”
—Jane Silcott, author of Everything Rustles and co-editor of Love Me True

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