Description Chief Bromden, nicknamed Chief Broom because the aides make him sweep the halls, narrates the book, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. Although he says that he is telling the story about the hospital, and her, and the guysand 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.
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At eight years old in the late 50’s, I started private training in traditional oil techniques. To this day, I owe my appreciation to my mother, who has since passed away. Through considerable personal sacrifice, she nurtured my artistic talent and provided me with the tools and circumstances to begin my creative journey - the journey that I still follow. I cherish the memories of the art exhibits and museums that we visited in Manhattan. I later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's and up until the late 80's, I exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York. Presently, I reside in Florida with my loving wife, who I've been married to for thirty years. Due to the onset of chronic illness in the late nineties and with the advent of image editing software, I turned to creating digital hand painted images and photographic art - fusing these into an art form worthy of the same gratification that I had once found in oils. - Spadecaller (Matt Schwartz)