Ground-Breaking Art Installation, exploring the distressing condition of Body Dysmorphic Disorder, from artist Leigh de Vries - September 26th 2015.
Exposure is an immersive, potentially disturbing, installation, debuting to the public at the Old Market Gallery in Rotherham, on September 26th 2015 (10am - 8pm) in association with Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance.
The mixed media installation explores the little-understood medical condition of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). During the exhibition period, creator and fellow sufferer, Leigh De Vries, is also engaging in Youth Outreach workshops and talks, to raise awareness of the condition which, only as recently as 2013, was recognised as being on the ‘obsessive-compulsive spectrum’, related to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Are you worried about how you look?
How much time per day do you spend thinking about how your appearance?
What part of your body do you want to change?
For artist Leigh de Vries her appearance became an all-consuming obsession. Having developed body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) in her early teens, she would spend hours in front of a mirror and isolate herself in her house due to a fear of scaring people.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a very debilitating condition in which sufferers develop the belief in that some aspect of their appearance, a bodily part or a bodily area, is defective in some way.
In her latest project Leigh now wants to raise awareness about the mental health condition.
“I want to help people better understand what BDD is and what it feels like to have the disorder. By creating the installation, I offer the viewer the possibility to navigate through the mind of a BDD sufferer.” More info here:
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