Winter 2014 – Spirit Queen

Spirit Queen.
Masaki Nagamine
Author Affiliations:
College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, Grand Rapids, MI, USA


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Corresponding Author: Masaki Nagamine; masakinagamine[at]
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Preface: In my childhood, I lived with a family member suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. The painting is my interpretation of the inner turmoil that this family member faces regularly. It is my hope that the viewers of this painting can gain some insight into the difficulties involved in living with a chronic mental illness that cannot be fully understood. The painting depicts a person with paranoid schizophrenia attempting to balance her perceived reality between cultural beliefs, logical reasoning, and schizophrenic delusion. The image shows a young child looking down on her brain encased in a coiled golden ribbon to illustrate the dichotomy of the body and mind. The four corners of the painting are weathered and deteriorating to demonstrate the progressive nature
of the disease/illness.
Published: January 1, 2014
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Nagamine M. Spirit Queen. Medical Student Research Journal. 2014;3(Winter):18-9.