Description Chief Bromden, nicknamed “Chief Broom” because the aides make him sweep the halls, narrates the book, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Although he says that he is telling the story about “the hospital, and her, and the guys—and about McMurphy,” he is also telling the story of his own journey to sanity. When the novel begins, Bromden is paranoid, bullied, and surrounded much of the time by an hallucinated fog that represents both his medicated state and his desire to hide from reality. He believes that he is extremely weak, even though he used to be immensely strong; because he believes it, he is extremely weak. By the end of the novel, the fog has cleared, and Bromden recovers his strength. This picture was created from two separate images: a photo of a life size acrylic painting of a Native American and a photo of Kings County Asylum, located in Brooklyn, New York. When Kings County Asylum opened in 1895, the hospital was revolutionary in the sense that it departed from the asylums that were overcrowded places, where gross human rights violations often occurred. Originally the Brooklyn-built asylum served to alleviate overcrowding and was a 'Farm Colony' psychiatric hospital, where patients worked at farm-related activities, such as feeding livestock and growing food. However by 1954,the patient census topped 9,303; and its old 'rest and relaxation' philosophy gave way to pre-frontal lobotomies and electro-shock therapy. The institution later closed in 1996.
I.M. Spadecaller, Tampa Bay Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Matthew Schwartz (AKA Spadecaller) is a grateful survivor who conveys his deepest passions, convictions, and serenity through visual art, poetry, and video.
As a child, he was formally trained in traditional oil techniques and later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's up until the late 80's he exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York, and presently resides on the west coast of Florida.
Since the advent of image editing software, he has turned more to creative digital hand painted images and photos striving to fuse these into an art form worthy of the distinction traditional painters deserve.
Using HD videos formats, he showcase his digital paintings, poetry, other mixed media images; these are available for viewing at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Thespadecaller.