Christina Trevino sent me a link to the Electric Pencil video on James Edward Deeds. It's a fascinating recounting of how the drawings of this mental institution inmate survived being tossed in the garbage. The drawings are haunting, the background details leave you wanting to know more. This is really outsider art to the tenth power. It is an interesting little film and worth spending the 15 or so minutes it runs. Deeds worked on ledger paper from the asylum he was at. He was institutionalized at age 17 and lived there until he was released to a nursing home for the final 10 years of his life. (If I did the math correctly he died at age 79 after spending 52 years in the asylum and 10 years in a nursing home.)
I found it interesting that he didn't draw contemporary fashions on his people. Well, that's just one thing I found interesting. Most touching, and the important thing that comes through in this short video, is the need for a creative mind to keep producing, despite other constraints. Check out the video to learn more.