The presentation is developed from the research about depression and suicidality, and how imagining another future for the self can be considered as a possible strategy to move away from depression.
This then allows another, more productive self-narrative to develop which changes the way we view our selves and the world around us.
The presentation will include a slideshow of images (photographs and artwork) and supporting quotes from academic research.
45 minutes with 15+ minutes for questions.
This talk will be presented by Debra Phillips who is an artist and phd candidate at The Australian Catholic University, North Sydney campus.
About Debra Phillips
Debra is a self-taught artist who has painted and crafted since early childhood using skills developed through practise, observation, researching techniques and workshops.
Formal training has been through private classes with contemporary landscape artist Barbary McKay and an intensive course with George Gittoes at COFA. Debra is influenced by the understandings derived during her academic studies with particular emphasis on feminist theology, melancholia, narratives of the future, the social and cultural context of fairy tales, climate change and the sustainable future.
The major influences include works from Sandro Botticelli, Shay Docking, Gustauve Klimt, Vilehelm Hammershoi, Amedeo Modigliani, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, early Christian icons and Indigenous map art.