Year: 1982 Source: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, (15th: 1982: New York), p.144-145 SIEC No: 19841381

Examines how the artist, J. Seidel, who suffered from psychotic episodes & eventually committed suicide, attempted to resolve deep-seated psychological conflicts through painting. Material from Seidel’s life illustrates efforts to deal with loss, depression, guilt & anxiety through art. It is suggested that creative work is a response to loss & an effort at self-healing. The negative relationship between creativity & psychosis assumed by psychoanalytic studies is thus challenged.