Composition Exemplars

Principal Genre Type

Research Proposal

Publication Date

Fall 11-15-2022


Art: the Beautiful, Revealing Agent for Mental Illness is aimed to present a thorough analysis of the relationship between art and mental illness. With this proposal, I show the hidden meanings behind some art works, The Starry Night and Kaleidoscope Cat V11, and how the importance of creation gives to others. Creation allows people with mental illness to express their personal experiences liberally on a medium, to potentially release their tension they may hold inside their mind. As my research proposal demonstrates, art provides individuals with a sense of unattachment from reality, by allowing them to freely express their mental instability without fear of judgement from outsiders. This proposal walks through the necessary background, methodology, and literature review with a creative lens in mind. One key argument my proposal suggests is that traditional therapy is not always realistic for all people. As a whole, my research contributes towards the bigger conversation between mental illness and available options for people who may not have access to traditional therapy. Art therapy creates a realistic bridge to cross for those people.

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This piece of work truly means a lot to me, for I have even changed my major while completing this research. Art has always been an important part of my life, and being able to share my perspective with others is something I never thought would happen. I would like to thank my English professor, Dr. Weaver, for reaching out to me in the first place and seeing the spark in my writing. I hope this proposal gives others a new perspective on art, as it did for me.



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