‘A beautiful compilation of art and a significant contribution to the understanding of mental illness.’ (Victoria Maxwell, actor, mental health speaker and contributor to Psychology Today).
2:365 is a groundbreaking project which explores bipolar disorder and its effect on the artistic voice. On January 1st 2013, Missy Douglas decided to document her struggle with the bipolar condition by painting a canvas a day for the entirety of the year. Completed in situ wherever she was in the world, each canvas reflects her emotional and psychological state over that 24-hour period - times of mania, depression and stability - are laid bare through the medium of oil paint. As well as comprising a collection of 365 paintings which were exhibited in Brussels (2013) and Seattle (2014), the 2:365 Art Book - featuring all paintings and Missy's written diary of the year - was launched in May 2014 in collaboration with the International Bipolar Foundation.
The 2:365 project has garnered the support and attention of notable mental health advocates and writers such as Patrick J. Kennedy, Andy Behrman, Ellen Forney, Stephen Fry, Victoria Maxwell and Natasha Tracy. It has had an impact across the world being featured on BBC Radio, BBC Online World News, Psychology Today (US), Better Mental Health Magazine (Australia), Bipolar Burble, Inside.com, Disability Today (UK) and Bipolar Reality. The project has also been used as a stand-out discussion point in academic theses, medical symphosia, workshops and forums at NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), DBSA (Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance), London-based Live Music Now - Mental Health Workshops, Students for Samaritans (Brown University), Active Minds (Xavier University), CMEology, The Humanology Project and Families for Depression Awareness.
In 2014, the project was nominated for a U.S. National Council for Behavioral Health Award of Excellence, and the G.D.S.T. Alumna of the Year Award in 2015.
The 2:365 Art Book is available to purchase through uckiood's Etsy Shop. 10% of each book and painting sold benefits the International Bipolar Foundation. If you'd like to license or reproduce any images from the 2:365 series, please do contact us.