Courtney (formerly John)

Courtney’s films explore and communicate the intricate complexities, contradictions and tensions felt by an individual navigating a psychiatric institution and pathway to recovery. His ink drawings carefully relate one colour to another creating a valued relationship and balance.
 
My style of social entry is portrayed as weak , peevish and defenceless. Being born with congenital deformities made the ‘fitting in’ processes easier. I discovered the awesome power these ‘differences’ had upon others’ perceptions of myself – an image of weakness and vulnerability. I later utilised this power to affect change in how I would be received by others.