17 January 2018

Art & Psychology

Illustrations exploring the mind

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I'm often fascinated by certain workings of the mind; from mindfulness to psychological disorders and many things in between. Drawing is a way for me to get a lingering thought or feeling out of my system, or to explore an interest. As the process of creating these illustrations can take anywhere between 5 - 15 hours, the activity itself can be quite meditative.

Below are some personal works about different aspects of the mind.

Mindblossoms

Mind Blossoms

About the way conversations flow naturally and easily when two people are on the same 'frequency', and wondering what that wavelength really is.

Tigers

Invisible Illness Anthology: Anxiety - Tigers

A submission to a zine aimed at raising mental health awareness. The theme of this first edition was "Anxiety" and over 30 artists around the world contributed their work. My illustration features a person being circled by imaginary tigers. I wanted to show the dizzying feeling anxiety can cause, and the debilitating inertia of the moment. Going around in circles in your mind (and in so doing, only making things worse!) to me represents the worst part of anxiety.

Golden Thoughts

Golden Thoughts

Meditation teaches to let thoughts and feelings pass by and become an observer, but sometimes it's nice to focus in on one and sit with it for a while. I find the feeling to be the most visceral with sad thoughts.

Mirror-touch Synaesthesia

Mirror-touch Synesthesia

I was intrigued by a condition called Mirror-touch synesthesia, "an extreme form of a basic human trait [...] [in which] our brains map the regions of the body where we see someone else caressed, jabbed, or whacked, and they mimic just a shade of that feeling on the same spots on our own bodies". Fascinating and beautiful. Read the full article by Pacific Standard Magazine, or learn more on its Wikipedia page.

Borderline Roses

Borderline Roses

From Wikipedia: "People with [Borderline Personality Disorder] can be very sensitive to the way others treat them [...]. Their feelings about others often shift from positive to negative after a disappointment, a perceived threat of losing someone, or a perceived loss of esteem in the eyes of someone they value. This phenomenon, sometimes called splitting or black-and-white thinking, includes a shift from idealizing others (feeling admiration and love) to devaluing them (feeling anger or dislike). Combined with mood disturbances, idealization and devaluation can undermine relationships with family, friends, and co-workers.

While strongly desiring intimacy, people with BPD tend toward insecure, avoidant or ambivalent, or fearfully preoccupied attachment patterns in relationships."