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It is sort of like a perpetual bad dream.  The smells, the sounds of the insane voices, the bad equipment.  The long, dark corridors....it is all very much like a medieval fairytale of the nether regions.


Asa Watkins performed his alternative service working in a mental hospital in Virginia. He became a reformer of the state mental health system and as an activist, artist and special education teacher after the war and throughout his life.

While working at the mental hospital and living in Waldport, Watkins expressed his feelings through drawings.

View the works of Asa Watkins below.




mental hospital drawing by Asa Watkins man in chair by Asa Watkins window bars by Asa Watkins

mental hospital courtyard  by Asa Watkins drawing by Asa Watkins mental hospital treatment by Asa Watkins




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