A new art installation at St Paul’s is exploring how the victims of a brain injury have to "get to know themselves" again after experiencing a loss of identity.
This is Not Me has been organised by the Acquired Brain Injury Forum for London. It focuses on the unique perspective of those who have lived through the alienation and loss of having acquired a brain injury.
Identity is the key theme running though many of the artworks. Sufferers of this "hidden injury" explain that they feel as if they have to "get to know themselves" again after surviving the trauma, as it often causes substantial changes to their lifestyle.
Tony Hart, the Head of Client Support and Vocational Rehabilitation at The QEF Brain Injury Centre, explains how the survivors can portray their emotions of what they call "invisible trauma" through art. The exhibition is also a way to raise awareness of the condition.
All the artwork has been curated from many organisations that work and support those with brain injuries.
Tony shared many of the extraordinary art produced. Below is Eroll's Column, by Errol Drysdale.
The organisers says they were overwhelmed with entries, which have been condensed down to a selection of outstanding pieces.
The works will be displayed in the Minor Canon’s Aisle at St Paul’s Cathedral.
This piece is entitled Shackled Man. It is by Frankie Quinn.
Below is Decoding, by Brian Searle.