Elizabeth Van der Beugel : Obsessively Drawn
27 September – 31 October 2014
From her unique position as an artist and previous sufferer of perinatal OCD, Elizabeth was interested in exploring ideas of identity and motherhood when complicated by a perinatal anxiety or mood disorder. When occurring at a time of life so swathed in cultural expectation, this project examined how women integrate these experiences into their perceptions of themselves as mothers. It explored how a perinatal mental illness can fragment women’s identities, and force a re-ordering, and piecing together of a new, different and perhaps fragile whole.
Elizabeth's work considers the implications of a perinatal mood disorder throughout the family unit and how women navigate the gap between their expectations of recovery and reality. She also explored whether it is possible to make sense of, or come to embrace, a personal story that in no way adheres to culturally or socially acceptable norms, or private expectations.