Synopses & Reviews
Outsider art is generally narrowly defined as simply the spontaneous work of unschooled, obsessive people, often religious fanatics, prisoners, and mental patients. But there are many variations, one of the more unusual of which is the subject of Migraine Art. Pharmaceutical executive Derek Robinson pioneered the field in 1973 when he solicited graphic material for an ad campaign promoting a new drug for migraine prevention. This inspired public competitions in the 1980s encouraging artists, amateur and professional, to illustrate the pain, the visual disturbances, and the effects migraine had on their lives. Migraine Art collects outstanding examples of such work, along with descriptions of types of migraine visual phenomena. The book features a comprehensive view of the migraine aura experience and covers such topics as migraine signs, symptoms, triggers, and treatments, as well as types of visual hallucinations and somatic sensations and experiences. Each category of visual disturbance is accompanied by related artwork. A discussion of the migraine visual experiences of famous historical figures, such as Blaise Pascal and Lewis Carroll, provides historical context. The book also includes a history of our Migraine Art competitions and information about the fascinating Migraine Art collection.
includes more than 300 powerful illustrations and paintings created by migraine sufferers from around the world. It provides a thoroughly unique window into the subjective world of the migraine sufferer. The idea of collecting migraine art started with a number of public competitions in the 1980s, which encouraged artists, both amateur and professional, to illustrate the pain, the visual disturbances, and the effect migraines had on their lives. The book includes hundreds of these submissions as well as detailed descriptions of different types of migraine visual phenomena.
Covering such topics as migraine signs, triggers, and treatments, as well as types of visual hallucinations and somatic sensations and experiences, the book offers a comprehensive view of the migraine experience. Each category of visual disturbance is accompanied by related artwork. A description of migraine visual experiences of famous historical figures, such as Blaise Pascal and Lewis Carroll, provide historical background on the topic. The book also includes a history of four Migraine Art competitions and information about the Migraine Art collection.
About the Author
Klaus Podoll, MD, is a senior physician at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the University Hospital Aachen at RWTH Aachen University. He has written and coauthored numerous medical articles, book chapters, and two books on Migraine Art. Coeditor in chief of the Migraine Aura Foundation
Web site, his current scientific interests focus on the neuropsychology and neuroesthetics of
migraine auras, including the rare variety of persistent aura.
Derek Robinson founded the Migraine Art concept in 1973. Between 1980 and 1987 he organized four national Migraine Art competitions sponsored by the Migraine Action Association (formerly known as the British Migraine Association) and Boehringer Ingelheim UK Limited. Until his death in 2001 he was the curator of the Migraine Art collection. He was also the coauthor of numerous medical articles and one book on Migraine Art.