The following are Scenes from my mind, to show how I see and think, which I hope will be a raw, creative and honest portrayal of mental illness, and an unique way of telling my life story from real memories, dreams, nightmares and a good dose of imagination.
The intention of I.D.S.T. is a body of work, a series of vignettes, to try and describe what it is like to go through a psychotic episode, and how that person’s life changes from that point forever.
By exploring the ideas that I came up with during these episodes will help the viewer have a different opinion about mental illness. I don’t want to glorify mental Illness, that is not the idea, I just wish to try and explain the causes, and how the sufferer continues from a personal point of view, rather than a scientific point of view.
I also hope to lower the stigma attached to mental illness, and for the viewer to gain insight into these diseases known as Schizophrenia and Depression.
– For my family, friends, and the real people that have continued to support and help me to keep well.
A project by Matthew Strong
© Matthew Strong 2013 All Rights Reserved
He looks closely at himself into a mirror in his bedroom, which is pitch black, He has a lighter in his hand which he uses to peer at his face, its as if he is trying to see into the darkness behind him. He sees something move.
While in the bath late at night, when his parents are sleeping, he hears the floorboards creek a little, ever so faintly. Then hears shuffle of material as if someone is in his room wearing a bulky jacket. He shouts out and physically feels someone stand still. It is as if someone is looking for something.
Sitting on the edge of his bed he listens to music. He is tending to his self-inflicted wounds across his chest, shoulders and stomach, with antiseptic, like a soldier. He is doing this in front of a mirror. – The viewers must wince when watching this. The guy appears not to notice the pain, and is simply listening to the music.