Jamie House AA2A Artist at Plymouth University 2015/16

Seizure Artspace 101
2-9th March 2016


Jamie has created a large-scale evolving drawing on the walls of the gallery by charging sheets of paper with electricity using the drawing machine he designed and built.which explores the use of an electrical drawing machine he has designed and built. 

This project explores the use of high voltages passed through human skin to treat sever depression through Electroconvulsive therapy (E.C.T). Jamie has mapped the treatment process of E.C.T in stages, each procedure being a drawing. The drawings are made from an electrical corona discharge creating images drawn with light on paper charged with 150,000 volts of electricity.


Jamie is using drawing as a conceptual strategy. Jamie has produced 60 second electrical ”seizure” drawings relating to the time a patient would be treated with a high voltage electrical charge causing the brain to seizure to treat severe depression


This drawing will explore the use of high voltages passed through human skin to treat severe depression through Electroconvulsive therapy (E.C.T). Jamie has mapped the treatment process of E.C.T in stages, each procedure being a drawing. The drawings are made from an electrical corona discharge creating images drawn with light on paper charged with 150,000 volts of electricity.

Jamie will produce 60 second electrical ”seizure” drawings relating to the time a patient would be treated with a high voltage electrical charge causing the brain to seizure to treat severe depression. Throughout the week these 60 seconds will culminate in a large drawing.


Jamie is fascinated how relatable forms found in the world are revealed; such as how root and blood vessels perform separate functions yet follow a similar formation. These observed phenomena heavily influence my drawings and relate to ideas surrounding the body as a carbon based form with electricity passing through the brain through synapses to trigger neurons.

Jamie charges coated paper to capture electrical discharges in order to examine the organic figures of raw energy. Specifically the Lichtenberg figures, as they are recurrent throughout organic and inorganic materials. In creating these images his intention is to see how these electrical discharges interact with the paper. The process of my experimentation has only generated more questions. Do the organic structures of life follow the chaotic nature of electricity or does electricity follow the structures of organic life?


The project has personal importance to Jamie as his late father suffered with severe depression and underwent E.C.T.

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