I am a 40 year old artist from south east London with a long history of mental illness. Having been detained under the mental health act on 3 occasions I have witnessed the nature of a variety of institutions and draw my inspiration from those I have met during my admissions. My aim is to investigate the face and its communications repeatedly in order to draw out the poetry of stasis. I want to engage with the vision I have of the conditions under which I have been kept safe. I do not seek to rob the image of its meaning, but to emphasise the context in which each image functions as a cipher. I have worked for 14 years on this same construct and have drawn comfort from the simple act of drawing.