'Out of This Mind' is a temporary exhibition in The Infirmary museum about six poems of the artist Matthew Ould-Oram. Matthew's work is personal and autobiographical as it touches upon his particular history with mental health. Matthew treats his mental health problems "as an adventure" which is evident by his positive style. Matthew is 45 years old. He was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in 1995, Depression in 1998 and Schizophrenia in 2000. He does voluntary work 21 hours per week at various shops and charities in Worcester. The kind of work he does varies from welcoming people to pricing projects. He is married to Beth, who edits his work. Beth works as a teacher. She and Matthew met each other at a computer class of the Shrub Hill Workshop for people with mental illness. Their marriage is going well.
The six poems were selected from his wide range of works. The works are displayed by means of posters and an installation. This webpage presents those poems that are not on display in the gallery of The Infirmary museum. You will find them in the grid below the image. We want to give our visitors the chance to explore the entirety of Matthew's work. The Infirmary is happy to collaborate with artists of all kinds, please send us an email: InfirmaryMuseum@worc.ac.uk
The poems 'Mental Meltdown', 'My Depression', 'Leaving the mental health hospital', 'Day I was diagnosed with Schizophrenia', 'Mental Health Centre Rules OK' and 'Controlled by Electricity and a Bush' are on display in The Infirmary museum as part of the exhibition 'Out of This Mind.' These poems can also be found in this list of images, along with the rest of Matthew's work.