Stephanie Fischer
3 min readApr 15, 2021

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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.

Ida Applebroog, Mercy Hospital, 1969

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

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Stephanie Fischer

Art, psychology, life, and more. Art writer who aims to explore the lives of artists and deepen understanding of art.