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Leaving Psychiatry to create Art; question the system

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(courtesy Alternator Gallery of Contemporary Art)

Friday night an exhibit opened in Kelowna at the Alternator Center for Contemporary Art called "They say she is bipolar and he's got OCD."

It is the creation of artist is Pierre Leichner who spent 30 years as an academic psychiatrist.

He left the field and has devoted himself to creating art, more specifically paper sculptures carved from psychiatric texts like the DSM - or the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Chris Walker wanted to find out more, so he met Pierre Leichner at the Alternator to get a preview.

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