It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and as long term supporters of The Fine Line Project, we’re keen to spread the word – mental health affects us all. Armadillo Central artist Jennifer Copley-May has kindly agreed to donate 10% from sales of her Tao Giclée prints to Sane, which runs a series of projects to raise awareness and funds for mental health, including the arts related Black Dog Campaign.
The Black Dog has been used as a metaphor for depression from antiquity to the present day. To bring the campaign to life Sane have designed visually striking Black Dog statues. The physical presence of a Black Dog is intended to help people to define their experience of the ‘invisible’ condition, which characterises mental illness, as well as promoting more open discussion, understanding and acceptance. In order to deliver a positive message of support, the black dogs have ‘collars of hope’ and wear ‘coats’ designed by celebrities, artists and members of the public. Visit Sane’s website to find out more.
“This painting, which I have called Tao, symbolises for me the ever evolving universe and our lives in it. Attitudes towards mental health/illness evolve too and they have long been a concern both for personal reasons and in the context of the wider world.
Taoism in its more pragmatic form has interested me for a long time. I recently dipped back into the ‘Tao of Politics, Lessons of the Masters of Huainan’, a book full of everyday wisdom, very profound and yet easy to read. The version I have has been translated and edited by Thomas Cleary. One aphorism seemed particularly relevant: ‘Those who comprehend the Tao are not focused only on themselves, they are also connected to the world.’
It seemed appropriate therefore to use Tao as my contribution to raising funds for The Fine Line Project.” – Jennifer Copley-May