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Ice Cream Artworks

I didn't realise... I've been busy making artwork over the past six months, I haven't had the ability to write anything. Not even to promote the exhibition launch of Creative Future's new online shop in May, selling the limited edition prints that I've been working on: My 'Ice Cream Artworks'. In ...

Section 136

Section 136 – partners and places needed

I am hoping to realise the following project next year and need organisational partners and places to perform, so anyone interested, please email me at dollysen70@hotmail.com Section 136 is a combined arts project, full of live art, street-based interventions, humour, poetry, cuddly lambs and hugs, and getting into bed with madness. ...

Dolly Sen holding a pill

Bingo! Full Madhouse!

I decided to emulate mental health services in a game of Bingo, showing what kind of game psychiatry is and what kind of motivational messages the patients receive in order to get better. As you can see, I am cured by the end of the video, so I can no ...

Kelly Glover and her cat

The Autoimmune Disease Guessing Game

It is bad enough to be diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. The symptoms and fatigue can be overwhelming and a person's life is thrown into a tornado of pain, denial, and disease. Imagine always having no idea what's around the corner. What many people don't understand is that what comes ...

Witchcraft

In the 17th century they burnt 91 people as witches in Finnmark. On the island of Vardø is a memorial to them. A 125m building containing 91 windows and a plaque, detailing each of those burned and why, by architect by Peter Zumther and ‘Flamhuset’ by Louise Borgeois. I ...

Photo of a snowy landscape

The View is Different From Here

I woke up on the Tuesday morning with the sudden realisation I was already on day 6 of my residency. Panic. How did that happen? I haven’t done anything. I haven’t enough time. What am I going to do? Everything felt all too real. If this was the movies there ...

A Postpartum Analysis

I am not quite sure when it got out of control.  I think I was happy each time I was pregnant.  I enjoyed how everyone was so nice to me, gave me a little extra kind attention.  People offered advice, held doors longer, gave up their seats for me.  I ...

Two subversive colouring books by Dolly Sen

Colouring Books that Cross the Line

I've created some colouring books for those of us who of us who can't stay between the lines. The first two to come out are my 'I Love Psychiatry' colouring book, dedicated to those driven crazy by this beautiful world and then loved so deeply by psychiatry. I posted that ...

words meeting words

The Ruined Child

When I go to the psychiatrist or doctor, they don't know what to do with me as I have had all they can offer. People think I am functional because of my creative output, but few know the slippery wall I ascend on a daily basis. That I think of ...

Being Welcomed as a Stranger

ISAN CONFERENCE 27/28 November 2017 Milton Keynes When I go to a conference I go because I want to engage, be engaged with, learn, be challenged and maybe have a bit of fun. I applied and was successful in getting a ‘New Faces’ bursary for the National Outdoor Arts Conference (Independant ...