Author: Ellen Forney
Title: Marbles : mania, depression, Michelangelo, and me
Publication Info: New York : Gotham Books, c2012.
This graphic memoir depicts artist Ellen Forney’s experience when diagnosed with a bipolar personality, and her efforts to come terms with the manic and depressive periods of her life, as well as the cocktails of pharmaceuticals to help address this. Forney explores the idea of the “troubled artist” stereotype, wondering if medication would kill her creativity, but also learning of the terrible struggles of famed bipolar artists. This book ends on an upbeat note as Forney reflects on how she’s changed since her diagnosis, and grows to accept some of the tradeoffs in life.
“Sometimes it seems like ‘pain’ is too obvious a place to turn for inspiration. Pain isn’t always deep anyway. Sometimes it’s awful and that’s it. Or boring.
Surely other things can be as profound as pain … ?”