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Victoria Grace Reynolds

Victoria Grace reynolds created drawings, paintings and poetry of a deeply harrowing and autobiographical nature, depicting her struggles in both childhood and adulthood. She died tragically at the age of just 33 years old. Her work is brutal in its honesty and haunting in her recollections. Victoria wished to share her work with others; we are pleased to honour her memory by exhibiting her artwork at The Institute.

Beneath is an extract from Victoria's writing entitled 'Ghosts of Me', in which she invites us to go with her into her world:

Come with me, look, I'll show the way. Here's the gate, this is my world. I won't come with you, I want you to look around you, not look at me, not talk to me because you will miss so much but I will wait here for you I will wait, wrapping the twilight around me, hiding, while you stand in the blinding, white winter sunlight, unable to hide what you have learnt. Terrifying but I need you to understand, so pay attention to everything but be careful not to lose yourself. I think you will be safe as long as you don't try to change anything. I will not be there, I will be waiting at the gate but you will see ghosts of me being hurt, hunted, haunted, you will feel it but you mustn't interfere, remember you are only there to experience, interference will trap you in my world and you will be hunted too. Don't be a hero, soldier, priest, doctor or friend, just experience as a human. Don't take anything for granted.

You are invited to remember the life of Victoria by viewing her artwork. It will be exhibited in the lobby area on A-floor of The Institute of Mental Health Building from January 2014 until 15th May 2014.

If you have any comments about the exhibition, please write them in the comments book on reception.

Victoria Grace Reynolds
Victoria Grace Reynolds
(12.12.1978 - 15.12.2011)