Louis Wain ~ The Mind of a Schizophrenic

Have you ever wondered what goes on in a Schizophrenic mind? Do you know what a Schizophrenic sees or feels?

First we will take into consideration Louis Wain an English artist known for his drawings that usually featured cats. Louis Wain
Early Works
Louis Wains Cats Before being diagnosed with schizophrenia Louis Wain’s early work, is dominated by fanciful imagery of cats dressed in human clothes or engaged in human activity. Louis Wains Cat Paintings
Considering that much of his work was political cartooning and illustrating for children’s books, the early work seems an adequate representation of his pre-schizophrenic period. Political Cats by Louis Wain
Entering Schizophrenia

During the early stages of schizophrenia, Wain continued to paint, draw and sketch cats, but the focus changed from fanciful situations, to focus on the cats themselves. Louis Wain's Entering Schizophrenia Characteristic changes in the art began to occur, changes common to schizophrenic artists. Louis Wains Schizophrenic Art Jagged lines of bright color began emanating from his feline subjects. The outlines of the cats became sever and spiky, and their outlines persisted well throughout the sketches, as if they were throwing off energy.

Cats Beginning to get Fractals The abstraction continued, the cats now being seen as made up by small repeating patterns, almost fractal in nature. Cats with Fractals
Until finally they ceased to resemble cats at all, and became the ultimate abstraction, an indistinct form made up by near symmetrical repeating patterns.

However, it is not known if these works were created in this order, as Wain did not date them. Rodney Dale, author of Louis Wain: The Man Who Drew Cats, has criticised the belief that the paintings can be used as an example of Wain’s deteriorating mental health, writing: “Wain experimented with patterns and cats, and even quite late in life was still producing conventional cat pictures, perhaps 10 years after his [supposedly] ‘later’ productions which are patterns rather than cats.”
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About Schizophrenia

The term ‘Schizophrenia’ was first coined by Swiss psychiatrist Emil Bleulur from the Greek skhizein “to split” + phren “mind,” the idea being that schizophrenics suffer a break from reality, causing them to perceive the world in a bizarre or fantastical way.

Negative Symptoms

Affective flattening – A severe reduction or complete lack of emotional responses to the environment.

Alogia – A severe reduction or complete lack of speech.

Avolition – An inability to persist at common, goal-oriented tasks.

Positive Symptoms

Delusions – Beliefs with little or no basis in reality (e.g. beliefs that you are being persecuted or beliefs that you are the Messiah)

Hallucinations – Unreal perceptual or sensory experiences (e.g. hearing, seeing, or feeling things that are not there.)

Disorganized thought and speech – Grossly disorganized pattern of speech (e.g. complete incoherence, linking together words because of sound instead of meaning)

Disorganized or catatonic behavior – Behavior that is highly unpredictable, bizarre, and/or shows a complete lack of responsiveness to the outside world (e.g. becoming completely motionless for long periods, sudden, untriggered outbursts)

Of these positive symptoms delusions, in particular, can be broken down into smaller subsets:

Persecutory delusions – False beliefs that one’s self or one’s loved ones are being persecuted, watched, or conspired against by others.

Delusions of being controlled – Belief that one’s thoughts, feelings, or behaviors are being imposed or controlled by some external force

Thought broadcasting – Belief that one’s thoughts are being broadcast from one’s mind for others to hear

Thought insertion – Belief that another person or object is inserting thoughts into one’s head

Thought withdrawal – Belief that thoughts are being removed from one’s head by another person or object

Delusions of guilt or sin – False belief that one has committed a terrible act or is responsible for come terrible event

Somatic delusions – False belief that one’s appearance or part of one’s body is diseased or altered

Grandiose delusions – False belief that one has great power, knowledge, or talent or that one is a famous and powerful person

LSD and Schizophrenia

LSD is a drug that puts the user in the shoes of a schizophrenic. It actually helped a lot of psychiatrists understand what a schizophrenic goes through in his daily life when the lysergic experiments were on.

Chronic effects of the drug can be positive and negative. Positive effects include spiritual contact and self-exploration; the most severe negative effect is known as LSD psychosis. LSD has shown to have therapeutic usefulness, although research has been severely limited for the last several decades. LSD psychosis has been linked to forms of schizophrenia, and thus, to some physiological disorders — it appears to be dependent on the user, and not on the drug.

Sources:

Louis Wain

LSD Information

Resources:

Schizophrenia.org

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Comments

Tetris says:

Maybe he thought that cats were controlling him.

Frater Requious says:

I believe we have much in common

Nyeintist says:

I think this article romanticizes schizophrenia; people need to understand that this disease is terrible and debilitating. I am not a doctor; I’m an undergrad in neuroscience specializing in abnormal psychology, but I have had many situations and encountered this illness in many forms. In all those forms I have encountered there is no light, there is no ‘brilliance’, there is no ‘artistic illumination’ that exists morbidly within this disease. This guy was very VERY lucky in a peculiar way that he was still able to function on a hobby level, but note; his paintings become more and more disorganized as his illness progresses. Most people think that schizophrenia is a ‘evolved’ state of mind, it is really just an overabundance of the neurotransmitter dopamine; which mind you, is neurotoxic in overabundance within the synaptic cleft (In other words if you look at an MRI of a schizophrenic individual, they have less grey matter; and more cerebrospinal fluid within the ventricles[Spaces] in the brain). There is no alternate dimension schizophrenics tap into; they’re brains generate electromagnetic activity in the temporal/auditory cortex. Leading to the perception of hearing voices in spite of a lack of any stimulation, the notion of these voices being ‘picked up’ from other sources is incredulous and unfounded. People please be aware that having schizophrenia is not ‘illuminating’. Bi polar disorder does have elements of creativity but note, however most famous artists (van gough, hemming way..etc) have committed suicide due to their illness. Please people, don’t go thinking that schizophrenia is in anyway an ‘evolution’ or a ‘step-up’. Its the exact opposite.

Dylan says:

My ex-girlfriend of 7 years went schizophrenic. In the height of one of her episodes, she came burtzing into the room, extremely angry, demanding I tell her “who the fuck is Camille???”….. I knew no such person. She explained she was thinking of me and a voice said that name “Camille” and she had a vision of a young blonde girl. I rode it off as another delusion. Until 5 months later when a young blonde girl named Camille contacted me thru a friends sister about some tattoo work she wanted done. She happened to be a reptile lover like myself, and an avid artist interested in learning to tattoo as well….. we hit it off and dated a few months. Still good friends.

sooooooo. Just a chemical imbalance…? Sorry science friends, im a science based mind myself, but theres more science than meets the eye or our comprehension.

oh, btw. Camille’s blood brother is ALSO schizophrenic. Please, one of you geniuses work out the numbers and tell me the actual probability of all those things working out in such a way. Probably about 1 in 3 billion….?

schezophrenia absolutely can tap the afflicteds brain into another frequencic dimesion, regardless of biomolecular symptoms and explanations. My ex is a living testimony.

Jan says:

I know exactly what you mean. What people call schizophrenia is actually becoming aware of the underlying structure of reality. Seeing and to some degree understanding how this infinite fractal works. Understanding, feeling, seeing patterns that are there, but others are mostly not aware of. Developing psychic abilities. Opening doors to frequency levels others do not perceive. One becomes a genius, another becomes faithful, another is called a schizophrenic and ends up in a mental hospital. I guess it’s up to if such person finds his path, becomes stable in his “new environment” because then he will connect to the people he needs to connect with in order to evolve his consciousness further, in a controlled manner.

nisou says:

I dont know much about the man and I have not deeply studied the condition, but it seems as if there are more possibilities than what tbey claim to be true. The art progresses in intricacy and people see it as a bad thing. I don’t understand that. It may represent his mental evolution and transcendence to another reality. Someone mentioned mediums being able to percieve things unseen. If anyone focuses enough they are able to see the most basic layer of our bodies aura. Seems a bit skewed to me…

rachel kneif says:

why you have to be a realist to become a surrealist
and why some Psychiatric Practicionars can stay where they are.

people are strange. when you’re a stranger—–
my guess. or rather my experience:
surrealist techniques of automatic drawing
implemented first with discipline. observation and zeal
becoming more relaxed.. non-judgemental-
transforming into an altered state of mind as if in trance
is a unique journey into the self-
the drawing hand acting out impulses ever changing. As directly in the here and now as possible
concentration arrives at a point of animating the “inanimate”. this is a HIGH ART found in magical, occult or spiritual. name it as you will, ritual all over the globe at any time in history.
Maybe words like_ the essence of creativity allowing a peaceful, dynamic free will to create the essence of creativity itself describes something like a full circle. Contentment. its wicked. the order in chaos, and you can live with it.
This is hard work, and experiential in nature. Its not an ego-art-hangout, its your personal key. I found many people misunderstanding this, but don’t blame. How should anybody possibly conceive what you are doing, especially if past processes have passed in time and been overwritten=how should anybody see something in seconds, minutes or so, that you have taken years of practice and days and nights on end to create?
My conclusion:: Scizophrenia is a distressfull interactive pattern caused by observations made from the outside to an inside incomprehensible. Such a diagnosis made by Doctors with a high grade of authority can have a detrimental effect on a sensitive person, creating doubt ,confusion and energy loss.This illness can only be imposed if you let it, and if you find yourself treading these paths, take courage and listen to your heart until you van be certain beyond doubt. You are you, and nobody has the right to tell you otherwise. Things are complicated enough as they are in a dualistic world.where truth is stranger than fiction,

Victor Q says:

It is interesting to me that you say this as I remember seeing these printed in a high school health book back in the 80′s. I don’t remember the artist’s name being mentioned, and they were presented in the same order as above, only not as coming from the mind of a schizophrenic but rather from the mind of an LSD user. It was supposed make the impression that LSD had progressively deteriorated his artwork.

P says:

No, not possible. Scientists have strapped EEGs and done MRIs on schizophrenics, electrical activity is seen to be generated in the auditory cortex within the temporal lobe.

P says:

Transcendence?, Have you ever seen someone with schizophrenia?