Eyes Too Dry: A graphic memoir abour heavy feelings

Eyes Too Dry: A graphic memoir abour heavy feelings

by Alice Chipkin, Jessica Tavassoli

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Overview

The Authors' decision to make this work public was fuelled by their struggle to find stories and artwork that spoke to their experiences of encountering depression, suicidal ideation and emotional weight. And from Alice’s perspective as a primary support person in particular, there was almost nothing at all. In a world that tells us to 'keep calm and carry on' the authors are offering a narrative that is vulnerable, honest and uncertain. They hope to add new ways to talk about, visualise and relate to these complex emotions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781760680046
Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Australia
Publication date: 09/01/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 94 MB
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About the Author

Alice Chipkin and Jessica Tavassoli are two 25 year-old queer women living in Melbourne, Australia. Eyes Too Dry is their debut work and first collaborative project, with Chipkin’s roots in education, writing and photography, and Tavassoli’s in drawing and medicine.

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“This is a powerful, beautiful and raw account of emotional experience – something which is rarely found in conventional forms of mental health discourse. Using a combination of pictures and words, this is an accessible yet poignant account of sharing a personal experience of mental health challenges. I highly recommend this book.”

- Aliza Werner-Seidler (PhD| Research Fellow&Clinical Psychologist, Black Dog Institute)

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“To struggle with the textures of our mental landscape can feel like the most brutalizing, lonely thing. What Chipkin and Tavassoli have gifted us is one-of-a-kind: the lens of kinship. Through their dual perspectives, we eavesdrop on a tender conversation: How can I be there for you? and How can I not push you away? While most media focuses on the so-called failures or successes of mentally ill people to regain normalcy, these artists keep their focus on relationship. We witness questions of health and the realities of illness as traversed through that most precious, private kingdom: homiedom. The depth and nuance of these pages is treasure in the palm.”

– Shira Erlichman (writer, visual artist, producer)

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“Eyes Too Dry is a truly beautiful and unique graphic depiction of a story that many of us have experienced, but may not have found a way to speak about. Yes, it’s a specific story of two young queer women trying to keep their friendship alive through the ordeal of depression, but its themes of fear and frustration and sadness and immense love and support all existing in one relationship is universal. I have never seen mental illness depicted in this way, and the illustrations convey the physical and emotional toll of depression more powerfully than anything I’ve seen before. This is an important book about a topic that still holds so much stigma, and the more people that read it the better.“

– Rebecca Shaw (writer, SBS comedy)

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“This book is a beautiful meditation on intimacy, struggle, listlessness, and aching empathy. Alice and Tava’s interchanging chapters weave painfully, tenderly familiar environments. Much like the relationship depicted, this story cracks open, pulls you in and holds you through that process. Reading this feels like a brave conversation with an old friend, and you should do it.”

– Lee Lai (visual artist)

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“This is such a beautiful, beautiful book. Deeply thoughtful, deeply impressive. A real work of heart.”

– Clare Bowditch (musician, ABC radio presenter)

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“As an academic in the health sciences field, I have experienced repeated frustration with respect to typical forms of academic currency […] and the fact that they tend to reach only a very limited audience, primarily other academics. While this is important, there are many other stakeholders […] who need to be aware of the lived experience and social context within which mental health and illness is experienced. [Eyes Too Dry] is a prime example of using visual, embodied ways of sharing the very personal experience of mental health issues. Such knowledge translation is powerful and has the great potential to reach a wide variety of audiences. I strongly recommend this novel to the general public and will certainly be ‘talking it up’ in my network as a prime example of arts-based knowledge translation.“

– Katherine Boydell (Professor of Mental Health, Black Dog Institute)

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“This memoir is so honest and beautiful in its storytelling. Eyes Too Dry isn’t afraid to talk openly about depression, people supporting people with depression and the stigma behind it all. It has fast become one of my favourite graphic novels.“

– Vlada Edirippulige (Junky Comics)

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“Eyes Too Dry is comics-making as processing. It’s so live and so raw. […] it’s incredibly compelling. I read it powering through the pages. I really recommend this as a chronicle, of these two people, but also as a use of the form. As archaeology; as digging; as naming - naming stuff that is so hard to come to terms with. [The stuff that] exists and obtrudes upon your whole life. I think it’s a remarkable achievement. A remarkable undertaking.”

– Bernard Caleo (comics artist, editor, performer) Review on RRR Smart Arts Radio.

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“As an academic who works across the fields of creative writing, comics, and graphic medicine, I was thrilled and inspired by the two unique voices in this book, which speak to each other not only in words, but in those other lines particular to the medium of comics: the curve of a hand around a cup of soup; the broken edge of a panel border; the balloon of air around speech; the inky blackness of the holes into which we sometimes sink. As a person who grew up with immediate family members suffering through depression and other mental illnesses, this book offers a portrait of tenderness, friendship, caring and love that is expressed not just with honesty and compassion, but with practical, clear and specific ways of navigating complex emotional territory. This book helped me, without telling me that's what it was doing. I couldn't be more admiring of the achievement of these two young artists.”

– Dr Elizabeth MacFarlane (Professor at University of Melbourne, Publisher of Twelve Panels Press)

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“Reading this honest, at times confronting, and intimate story of personal struggle and friendship was particularly special given one of the authors was my student. The insight into her life offered by this memoir is a privilege to witness. It’s a unique, beautiful and heartrending depiction of true love and friendship and the “heaviness of being” that we all encounter at times in our lives. Bravo!”

– Associate Professor, Sally Ayoub (Director of Undergraduate Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University)

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“Eyes Too Dry is a time capsule, an intimate portrait of two friends, and a vitally powerful conversation about what it’s like to have ‘heavy feelings.’ […] In the end, it is an extraordinary work about dealing with depression, helping people who suffer it, and the effects it can have on everyone. But it’s also a celebration of friendship and a testament to the therapeutic power of art and creativity.“

– Vice.com

“As an academic in the health sciences field, I have experienced repeated frustration with respect to typical forms of academic currency—namely, peer reviewed publications and scientific presentations—and the fact that they tend to reach only a very limited audience, primarily other academics. While this is important, there are many other stakeholders, including service providers, policy makers, families, patients, and the general public who need to be aware of the lived experience and social context within which mental health and illness is experienced.

There has been increasing increase in arts-based approaches to knowledge in the health and social care realm and this graphic novel represents one such project. [Eyes Too Dry] is a prime example of using visual, embodied ways of sharing the very personal experience of mental health issues. Such knowledge translation is powerful and has the great potential to reach a wide variety of audiences. I strongly recommend this novel to the general public and will certainly 'talk it up' in my network as a prime example of arts-based knowledge translation.”

– Katherine Boydell (Professor of Mental Health, Black Dog Institute)

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‘Recalling the emotional intimacy and honesty of Alison Bechdel's celebrated Fun Home, it similarly thrums with hope, focused as it is on queer friendship and the therapeutic results of creating comes. [...] Eyes Too Dry is endlessly inventive in the way it tackles the subject matter, with depression at times depicted as a shadow literally pulled behind Tava, weighing her down, and at others an explosion of inner-thought in text form, crowding out the white space of the page. [...] A deeply engaging emotional voyage that will appeal to anyone who has ever experienced mental ill health, either personally or in their extended circle of family and friends.’

– SBS Australia

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