Ida Applebroog’s Mercy Hospital: Art and Mental Health

San Diego, 1969, Ida Applebroog locked herself in the bathroom of the house that sheltered her husband and four kids. She delicately sketched herself while gazing in the mirror. Sketch after sketch of her own vagina. Day after day, trying to make her name as an artist. And minute after minute, she wished herself dead.

In a series of poems called The Green Dress, Applebroog illustrates her thoughts…

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Stephanie Fischer

Stephanie Fischer

Masters in Art History Candidate at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts | Florida State University Alumni B.A. in Art History