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The word 'mental' is sculpted from a collection of ornate picture frame samples, placed together to suggest a 'heavy metal' band font. The work chimes with a contemporary use of the word 'mental,' as a catch-all phrase to denote something extraordinary or difficult to describe (often in a positive light: 'that show was mental!' etc).

'I think this resonates with shifting attitudes towards mental health. Another reading of the work in a disability context is to think about the 'invisibility' of mental health. Having the word 'mental' written large might be a reminder that all art, and assessments of cultural or social difference/value, is made 'in the mind'.' - Simon Raven

Title Mental frame
Artist Simon Raven
Year 2013
Medium Painted wooden frame samples
Dimensions 200 x 10 x 2 (cm)
Image description Photograph of a sculpture comprised of ornate, painted wooden frame samples - i.e. just a single corner in each case - hung so as to spell the world 'mental.'
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