28 July 2010

The Concept

If depression was sitting across from you, what would it look like? Would it be a he, she or gender neutral? Would it be animal, vegetable, mineral? Or would it be intangible, like an image or moment in time?

Winston Churchill once famously referred to his “little black dog” of depression. He imagined depression was just like a dog - loyal and steadfastly by his side through life. The imagery stuck and continues to be the mascot in popular culture for depression. On this point, Michael Johnstone has created a brilliant illustrative interpretation of said famous black dog.

This is an interactive online art project and not-for-profit. It is a chance to observe and give form to a condition that goes to the very core of the human spirit.

In time, I hope this blog also becomes a space for understanding. Depression is nothing to be ashamed of or to hide from. It does not reflect personal failure or defect, as it can happen to anyone at anytime.

If you do suspect you are depressed though, it is essential that you reach out for help from your support network. I also urge you to visit the following websites for further information and assistance:

Beyond Blue

Black Dog Institute
Reach Out

So here we are, at the beginning of this art project. I hope you choose to join me and are as curious about where it takes us and what we will see when we get there. Let the exploration begin!


  1. This is absolutely fantastic. I am very happy to be part of this art project and will forward this blog to others who will equally be as fascinated by it as I am.

  2. Thanks Caroline! I'm always encouraged when people spread the word - it's how this project continues to grow :)

  3. This site is such a wonderful idea. When I was struggling through my worst depression several years ago, I took some art classes, and they were very cathartic. Perhaps it's time to get back to making art again. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Wow, synchronicity: I had this same idea and know what I'd depict exactly -just last night in fact. Then read a blog that had this link!