I came across this story about Roman Tritz in the Wall Street Journal some time ago, it relates to the post world war II medical treatment of mentally ill ex-servicemen in America and is well worth a look. While it relates to a later period of time and in a different country I'm very interested in exploring Australia's own treatment programs for mental health in the future. There is a short film to be found at this link and from there you can explore their story on post war lobotomies in the US.
I am very interested in family and in the legacy of experiences such as war and the generational impact it has through communities. Settlement schemes are particularly interesting to me because they led to concentrated areas comprised of returned men and their families all trying to recuperate and begin again. Families endure long after the active service has ended - they grieve, they deal with the fallout, they are there to attempt to put the pieces back. There are so many of these stories that lie under the surface of each service record.
The woman in this image is my great-grandmother Liela Mutton.
Her son George died in a plane crash in Indonesia during WWII (1942). His body was never brought home, his grave lies lost in jungle West of Palembang.
Mother my keepsake 2012
digital monoprint, ink on kozo, 10 x 6 cm.
photo: Brendon Mckinley
Katy Mutton is a Canberra based, Australian Visual Artist whose practice is informed by an ongoing concern around trauma and warfare and how these relate to our cultural identity and history. For more information on her artwork visit www.katymutton.com