Annika Malmqvist: Statement
Outside In's Artist of the Month in March 2014I have been on the back side of the moon since the day of my birth and have lived in psychosis until I was forty.
I therefore was a mental patient for many years, until a met a skilled therapist who worked with me for six years. I was then liberated from psychosis. During many years I was writing, mainly poetry, and this was my only rescue in all years. Ten years ago I discovered free embroidery, and since then I have been in love with this medium of expression. I have made a distance education from the Swedish Embroidery Guild (Broderiakademin) and it took me six years of work. I have had some exhibitions in Sweden and Finland.
My latest was in Candyland, Stockholm,with the motto "Poetry in yarn." Because of my health problem, I have been very much outside society, but I have been working for 22 years as a free spirit and an activist in the national movement of users and survivors of psychiatry (RSMH). Today I have a stitching group for survivors, hoping that they may feel better, and they really do. I consider myself as an survivor with a very good quality of life.
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