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Art can provide a deeper understanding of the lived experience of mental health and substance use issues – both

for artists themselves and for the viewer. This exhibition aims to step beyond limiting societal perceptions of these

artists as well as showcase narratives that are often left out, misrepresented, or misunderstood.

Tanja Ajtic is a Serbian writer and visual artist. She studied at the Faculty of Philology in Serbia. In 2021, a book of

poetry was published in Serbia and is the illustrator of the entire book. Many of her graphics have been published as

illustrations in books and magazines.

“I have been suffering from a mental illness for a long time. My experience is partly reflected in my art, as I see the

world around me. That world can be full of unpleasant sounds and speeches, exhausting conversations with

imaginary people, it can be an illusion of what is seen and experienced. That world of mine is not in colors, but it is in

symbols, messages where I am never alone.”

Will Dewgrave studied English and communications at the University of Victoria. While bored in class he doodled

away until his doodles became drawings and ultimately digital illustrations.

Will has been suicidal since he was at least 16 and has struggled with substance abuse issues consistently

throughout his life, culminating in a recent overdose which hospitalized him. Will has also been forcibly hospitalized

due to a purported mental illness, which he still questions. While he believes he has depression, he resents the

designation of schizoaffective and believes instead that he is spiritually awakening.

This experience informs his slanted outlook on the world, which he translates into art through a love of technical

mastery and thematic message. Will considers himself to be conceptually synesthetic, matching ideas together at

obtuse angles in order to develop more holistic understandings of the world around him in a metaphysical sense.

 

This exhibition was co-curated by Yuri Arajs, Director/Curator at Outsiders and Others, and Seema Shah who is a

self-taught artist with lived experience of mental health.

 

The exhibition is part of a community partnership project funded by Vancouver Coastal Health’s Consumer

Initiative Fund. For more information on this partnership click HERE.    

Please note that prices do not include shipping costs

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Tanja Ajtic

Horse

8” x 10” image

11.25” x 15” paper size

Linocut

Signed and numbered by the artist

Edition of 6

(4 prints available)

$110 unframed + $7.70 pst = $117.70

Tanja Ajtic

The Woman in Blue

8” x 10” image

11.25” x 15” paper size

Linocut

Signed and numbered by the artist

Edition of 5

(3 prints available)

$130 unframed + $9.10 pst = $139.10

Tanja Ajtic

Waterfall

8” x 10” image

11.25” x 15” paper size

Linocut

Signed and numbered by the artist

Edition of 4

(1 print available)

$160 unframed + $11.20 pst + $171.20

Tanja Ajtic

Chair

8” x 10” image

11.25” x 15” paper size

Linocut

Signed and numbered by the artist

Edition of 5

(3 prints available)

$130 unframed + $9.10 pst = $139.10

Tanja Ajtic

Crowded

7.5” x 9.5” image

10.5” x 13.75” paper size

Linocut

Signed and numbered by the artist

Edition of 20

(4 prints available)

$100 unframed + $7 pst = $107

Tanja Ajtic

House and Field

7.5” x 9.5” image

10.5” x 13.75” paper size

Linocut

Signed and numbered by the artist

Edition of 5

(3 prints available)

$100 unframed + $7 pst = $107

Tanja Ajtic

The Church

7.5” x 9.5” image

10.5” x 13.75” paper size

Linocut

Signed and numbered by the artist

Edition of 10

(6 prints available)

$100 unframed + $7 pst = $107

Tanja Ajtic

Cat and Bird

6” x 8” image

10.5” x 13.75” paper size

Linocut

Signed and numbered by the artist

Edition of 10

(4 prints available)

$100 unframed + $7 pst = $107

Tanja Ajtic

Norway

8” x 6” image

9” x 12” paper size

Linocut

Signed and numbered by the artist

Edition of 10

(1 print available)

$100 unframed + $7 pst = $107

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Will Dewgrave

Help Outside

38” x 20”

Giclee print of digital illustration with pencil additions

$300 + $21 pst = $321

Will Dewgrave

Stay Outside

38” x 20”

Giclee print of digital illustration with pencil additions

$300 + $21 pst = $321

Will Dewgrave

Keep Outside

38” x 20”

Giclee print of digital illustration with pencil additions

SOLD

You can contact us by email with any questions or comments at outsidersandothers@gmail.com

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