Visual Essay - That's how the light gets in

Terry Molloy


This essay is a mainly visual response to time spent walking the corridors of psychiatric institutions and reflecting upon how certain features of their architecture embody different and often opposing aspects of their original purpose. The formative years of many art therapists’ careers have been spent trying to offer some form of therapeutic service in such institutions and I imagine that the issues of compromise referred to will probably strike a few chords.

Key words: Psychiatry, institutional, corridors, light, dark, transitory, balance, compromise, repressive.

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