You’re invited to the exhibition ‘Spinning Orbit’ showcasing a body of work by Xanthe Wyse, as part of her healing journey towards stability while suffering from bipolar disorder.
Hosted during Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, this exhibition aims to raise awareness about bipolar disorder.
Exhibition open daily from Tuesday 9 October until Sunday 14 October, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm.
About the artist
Spinning Orbit is a body of artwork over the past year by Xanthe Wyse, using art as therapy while living with bipolar disorder, anxiety and trauma. While suffering a setback from a mania episode last year, Xanthe felt like her brain was on fire and directed excess energy into painting bold abstracts to help ease her anxiety and calm a racing and disorganised mind.
She painted how her brain felt spinning like a Catherine’s Wheel, the Sun and a fiery saw moving forwards and called it Spinning Orbit. It was then that she decided that she would collect her art – all process art – processing emotions – and hold an exhibition. In a distressed state alternating between mania and depression, setting a ‘ridiculous’ goal of an exhibition gave her a sense of hope and purpose.
She has used mainly bold colours, even when painting pain and painted symbolic abstracts in her healing journey towards stability. She hopes her art will raise awareness about bipolar disorder and also inspire others to try art as therapy in conjunction with other therapies.
Xanthe’s paintings will be for sale by tender and a percentage will be donated to The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.