Reflection of the Articles Collected and Partner Review
In the article “8 artist who suffered from mental illness,” by Ali Berman we found how their could be a possible link between mental illness and being creative. There are examples of how artist could suffer from mental illness. “The dark side of creativity: Depression + anxiety x madness = genius?” by William Lee Adam from CNN explains that there is an established link between mental illness and creativity using examples from past artist and comparison of statistics with those in creative profession. In Eliezer Witztum, Vladimir Lemer and Moshe Kalian’s medical journal they discuss how mental illness could be hereditary connecting upon the idea of mental illness originating from family genetics about Nikolai Gogol in “Creativity and insanity: the enigmatic medical biography of Nikolai Gogol.” In another journal by Stanford, “Mental Illness and Creativity: A Neurological View of the ‘Tortured Artist” we can infer from the text that there is the recurring idea of mental illness and creativity. I learned that many of the well known artist, musician, and writers have some association of mental illness. They turn to art and music to escape their own reality. Which can be seen in their artwork or the abstraction of their music. In our topic, we change the perspective of our project and how we were going to create our driving question. The more broader our topic question was the more that fits under the categories of generalization and universal theme. The next information I hope to find is more recent information about creativity and mental illness relevancy in today’s world. The collaboration is great, we are able to communicate and work together efficiently.
I found out that those in creative profession such as writing are more likely to have a bipolar disorder than those who are non-writers. In another Swedish Government census, researcher did find that people with bipolar 1.35 were more likely to be in creative profession. There might be room for a link between being creative and mental illness. For the student-led research component, I’m doing an observation because I wanted to include some influential modern artist. The most difficult parts about doing the observation in our projects was how time consuming it was to look up the artist and considered whether they had any emotional or mental instability. It’s was fairly simple to search up the artist, but took a lot of time to determine whether they were unstable or not. In order to make sure this component is completed successfully we will need to compiled all the data and statistics about our finding. Something necessary to finished is calculating which portion of the 100 artist have emotional or mental instability. The collaboration is going great, we’re able to efficiently communicate and manage our time.
I learn more about manic depression formerly know as bipolar, within my research. Manic depression, schizophrenia highly involves a lot of unusual frontal lobe activity. According to Dr. Kenneth Heilman of University of Florida, that this unusual frontal activity could possibly be responsible for combining information and the storage in the temporal and parietal lobes. I learned that my ability to communicate efficiently is keen to keep each other on task. Me and my partner painted the tri-fold, blue to look like the sky because of how expansive and neverending sky is in connection with creativity. There is grey cotton ball clouds at the top to represent the looming presence of the emotional and mental instability. A paintbrush is in the middle, with the Sun and it’s rays peeking out of cloud on the left side. To the right of the paintbrush is raindrop like splatters of paint. For our supplemental piece, we are considering doing a mural of some sort. For our next steps to completion, time management and approval of our creative piece is essential. The collaboration is going amazing, working after school with getting help from our mentor teachers provides good opportunity to work over the details of this project and to smooth out misunderstandings
Our driving question is “How does the power of creativity translate into the mental or emotional instability?” Some of the revision dones before we turn in the project was taking time to fix sign for the DQ. It had previously fallen off and we had to reattached it to the board. I learned about how artist are more likely to have mental illness than others. In our own, student led research we found that only 33% were only emotional and mentally unstable. But compared to the general population of the US in a given year according to NAMI with a percentage of 18.4 people with mental illness. The wide variety of resources that can be used to find reliable and credible research. I learned throughout presenting my oral presentation I have to make eye contact and answer all the question firmly. Through completing my student led research, I learned there was various methods that could be done like experiment, survey or observation. I was able to collaborate effectively with my partner. If I could have done anything else to the project. I would have decorated the background for our gallery of emotions. One piece I give to incoming student doing Gate Symposium would be to talk your mentor teachers and have them review your content.