In the mind of a manic depressant

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By Amber Fry

St Kilda resident, Craig Fry is a simple yet complex man with a very special talent and a condition that limits him from performing to his full potential.

Craig suffers from a severe case of bipolar disorder, also known as bipolar affective disorder or manic-depressive illness, it is a mental illness characterised by periods of elevated mood and periods of depression.

The elevated mood is significant and is known as mania or hypomania depending on the severity. During mania an individual feels or acts abnormally happy, energetic, or irritable. They often make poorly thought out decisions with little regard to the consequences and the need for sleep is usually reduced.

During periods of depression there may be crying, poor eye contact with others, and a negative outlook on life.

The risk of suicide among those with the disorder is high at greater than 6% over 20 years, while self-harm occurs in 30–40%.

Despite having these issues in his life Craig is an incredibly rare artist and uses just a pen and ruler for all his designs.

All of Craig’s designs are the same in colour and consist of perfect symmetrical lines that twist and almost spiral into an optical illusion styled art piece.

Each image is never the same but is always preformed in the same style using only a basic black pen and a ruler.

These designs have never been showcased as a part of Craig’s condition makes him feels nervous and lack the confidence to present his art to society.

But, as his artwork clearly displays, despite having a condition that isolates Craig from society he still has an amazing talent that everyone from all walks of life would find intriguing and unique.

This rare, one of a kind, artistic form of expression requires a lot of patience and time for the average person, while Craig completes most of his art work within two to three days.

Craig’s dream would be for some of his artwork to be on display in a gallery, but he has visions for using this design for other projects in the future and also a wide range of impressive ideas that would be very successful if done, as he is hoping to break into the industry when given a chance.

He also has skills in many forms of art such as glass painting and designs, and the construction of small petite house ornaments made of clay that are so finely detailed and crafted that they look almost realistic.

So, I’m calling all gallery owners in the St Kilda area to examine this art and investigate the time and effort put into such art work from a mentally effected person, and consider having Craig’s work featured as it is truly inspiring art.

Please contact craigfry100@gmail.com for more information on this artwork and if interested in displaying any of his pieces.

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