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David Gussak

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231162517

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231162517.001.0001

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Art on Trial

David E. Gussak

Columbia University Press

This chapter describes David Gussak's assessment of Kevin Ward's other works of art, and their second meeting. Most of the works assessed had been completed since Ward's arrest, but several of them had been done in Ward's studio. Some of these compositions show a greater sophistication and ease with materials than the earlier pieces. However, fragments of the drawing elements that reveal his mental illness still emerged, such as frenetic line quality, layered material, diffused images, unidentified figures, and illogical composition. In their second meeting, Ward continued to demonstrate a tendency to lose focus, and told fantastical, complex, and almost delusional stories, which served to confirm the original conclusion that he had schizophrenia with a mood disorder, or a schizoaffective disorder. The discussions and the vast collection of artwork therefore revealed a remarkably complicated and damaged individual.

Keywords:   Kevin Ward, mental illness, schizophrenia, mood disorder, schizoaffective disorder

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