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Feingold Gallery: It's Genetic

Feingold Gallery:
It's Genetic



The design of this gallery is aimed at encouraging conversation involving both immediate and reflective thought, individual and collective. Rather than starting by reading comments of others, please first put your own immediate thoughts in the on-line forum below. This way, we'll all be able to see how much similarity and difference there is in our initial reactions and interpretations of the images. Then go back to see what others have said about this image and add whatever new thoughts you have as a result of that. More general thoughts about the collection of images and/or this exhibit as a whole are welcome in the on-line forum on the exhibit home page.



iramalac nitsua's picture

oddly familiar

I know I've seen that guy before, reminds me of someone. It's genetic alright, and if you stop thinking you me dear ole schizophrenic mum couldn't think for herself, killed by my own dads thoughts. O i'm just crazy. it's genetic, don't worry about the truth. Your artwork invokes alot of emotion for me, very personal.

C. Ratcliffe's picture

Mental Illness

I have it! It's genetic with me. It's unfathomable pain in which one feels the only way to remove it is to remove self. Won't remove self because I may have to live this life over. I won't take that chance as this one is 2/3's over. Only those who have it understand the depth of pain. Feel very trapped and always trying to get out of the trap. Makes you want to gnaw your foot off.

Serendip Visitor's picture

People with mental illness

People with mental illness live inside their own personal hell. They are unafraid of any other Hell that may come in an afterlife because they cannot fathom anything worse than what they experience daily here on Earth.

Anonymous's picture

I see all these disorders in

I see all these disorders in the picture scattered. They all have a cripling effect on a person in one way or another a lot of unorderly brain functions. I get the feeling of confusion and the demon makes me think of the blame or inner demon that brought forth these disorders. I think of barriers when looking at this picture.

Anonymous's picture

Inner Demons

These are the inner demons that can alter our minds. In one way or another we all have demons within we have to deal with.

Martin's picture

I think this image does a

I think this image does a good job of personifying the disease as an outside attacker of the afflicted person. 
Ljones's picture

The devil is inside of you,

The devil is inside of you, and he's coming out... everyone can see it.
ryan g's picture

This picture makes me aware

This picture makes me aware of the social stigma surrounding mental illness.  You are "bad" if you have one...
mstokes's picture

Mental disorders

caused by something other in the soul/brain/consciousness.  
akerle's picture

Seems bitterly unsure of the

Seems bitterly unsure of the notion that an all encompassing and terrifying experience can be easily 'explained away' under the simple title of genetics.
kmanning's picture


He feels these mental illnesses burning out from him as uncontrollable forces he has been cursed with by genetics.
Sophie F's picture

The self as a demon,

The self as a demon, demonizing others and inescapable as oneself is, too, demonized. "It's genetic," is simultaneously self-mocking, an explanation to the world at large and, perhaps, a source of comfort.
ysilverman's picture

The beast we cannot escape,

The beast we cannot escape, nor protect others from, no matter how we wish or try.
Riki's picture

The inner demons. Bipolar

The inner demons. Bipolar disorder visually stands out to me.
merry2e's picture

the darkness that can

the darkness that can overpower one's life without warning. powerful but not all encompassing as it wants to be.
Laura Cyckowski's picture

Being defined by labels,

Being defined by labels, negative ones. Not in control of defining oneself.
Paul Grobstein's picture

It's genetic comment

Yes, scarey/threatening. Yes, also helpful to know that genes are involved, that one is not/should not expect to be entirely in control of oneself, that one can get help from others.
Paul Grobstein's picture

It's genetic comment

(posted for a friend)

The enemy.

Anonymous's picture


For me, this seems to represent the fear of facing a mental illness. It is hard to accept that you may have one, and sometimes harder to accept the measures taken to overcome them. Why can't one be mentally strong enough to battle this on their own? Most often, such a battle cannot be fought alone.

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