Following a hugely successful Kickstarter Campaign, and receipt of the Simon Walker Fund from Maudsley Charity, I was able to visit Los Angeles from 25 Oct to 1 Nov to launch my solo exhibition at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.
I gave 5 artist talks about my lived experience of Compulsive Skin Picking, my artwork and recovery at various sites and centres treating Skin Picking in California, including UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Keck School of Medicine at USC, University of California: Santa Barbara and OCDLA.
I was also honoured to meet key health professionals from UCLA Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behaviour, Trichotillomania Learning Center and OCDLA.
You can find films of the talks I gave on my YouTube page:
It has helped me enrich my understanding of diagnosis, treatment, and to find out about new research. I was particularly excited to learn that there will be a detailed study into the characteristics of the disorder and what is happening in the brain. Neuroscientists and Human Behaviourists at UCLA Semel Institute and specialists at Trichotillomania Learning Center are about to start a 7 year study of Skin Picking and Hair Pulling. Incredible news!
It's truly was the journey of a lifetime for me, and beyond my wildest dreams to have my artwork in a solo exhibition in Los Angeles. Thanks to everyone who so kindly supported me, most especially Ted Meyer, the curator and artist who invited me!
You can read about this life-changing adventure on my blog: