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Drawing Alongside My Brother's Schizophrenia
By (author): Joan Boxall Illustrated by: Stephen A. Corcoran
9781773860022 Paperback English BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Artists, Architects, Photographers May 01, 2019
$24.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 260 gr 192 pages Caitlin Press
A sister’s discovery of the healing power of art as she searches for connection with her schizophrenic brother. 

How do you establish trust and meaningful connection with a sibling who suffers from schizophrenia? In a desperate attempt to rekindle her relationship with her estranged brother Steve, Joan takes him to art therapy classes at the Art Studios, part of the Vancouver Recovery Through Art program. This marks the beginning of a remarkable journey into the healing power of art.

Schizophrenia had already done its worst, confounding Steve with voices, hallucinations and delusions. At fifty-five, Steve was in the burn-out phase of schizophrenia with a hunger for creativity. Joan’s efforts to connect with him through art soon become the vehicle of change. Over the next eight years, Steve progresses both artistically and personally. Together, Steve and Joan explore their art, drawing upon their own resources as they learn to trust one another. Steve’s artwork provides a glimpse into his perspective, at once both troubled and beautiful. His paintings and drawings are eventually displayed in two solo exhibits at Basic Inquiry Gallery. He attended what would become his final solo show shortly before his death in 2013.

One in five North Americans experiences a serious mental health crisis; DrawBridge: Drawing Alongside My Brother’s Schizophrenia offers a path of hope for the afflicted and for their advocates. In memory of her brother, Joan has established the Stephen A. Corcoran Memorial Award at Emily Carr University of Art and Design to assist students coping with mental health issues.

Joan Boxall is a retired English teacher turned creative non-fiction writer. She received a
bachelor’s degree in physical education with an English and French major from the University of British Columbia. She taught English, French and PE to teens in Cranbrook and Delta before acquiring a TESL certificate in adult education. She contributes her non-fiction work regularly to Inspired 55+ Lifestyle Magazine. DrawBridge is her first book. She lives in North Vancouver with her husband.

Born and raised in Vancouver, Stephen A. Corcoran trained at the Vancouver Art School in the 1970s (renamed Emily Carr University of Art + Design). His first solo exhibit was in February 2011 at Vancouver’s Basic Inquiry Gallery. His second exhibit was at the same venue in October 2013, shortly before his death. 

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'Thank you, Joan, for this thoughtful, sensitively rendered journey through art, love and mental illness.'' --Clem Martini, co-author of BITTER MEDICINE: A GRAPHIC MEMOIR OF MENTAL ILLNESS and THE UNRAVELLING. ''A lyrical portrait of a challenging relationship, Joan Boxall's memoir about meeting her mentally ill brother every Tuesday for art class is a striking illustration of how art can both save and remake us.'' --Jane Silcott, author of EVERYTHING RUSTLES and co-editor of LOVE ME TRUE.

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