This animation was part of a group exhibition in Vienna, Austria in May 2018 entitled “Bright Minds, Dark Thoughts” where 13 artists explored the complexity of the human psyche.
Often times, our thoughts and feelings have the power to dictate how we experience life to such an extent that they cloud the reality of the situation at hand. We get caught up in a difficult emotion, accompanied and reinforced by a negative narrative we tell ourselves, and linger in that space.
"Get Out of Your Head" invites you to get curious about and observe the nature of our thoughts and feelings. If we manage to catch ourselves before getting stuck in a negative spiral and recognize that these are just thoughts, we get a chance to melt back into our physical surroundings instead of staying stuck in our heads.
"Who would I be without this thought?"
This piece is about how our minds can cloud our current experience preventing us from being present and connecting with the people and space around us. But, it's also about how, often times, we do have a choice, as to how long we stay in that cloud of thoughts. By being aware that our thoughts, are in fact, just thoughts that come and go just like mood swings do, it gives them less power and allows us to see and experience the the world outside our internal monologue.
My Inner Critic
During the month of May, I teamed up with Mindfump, a humorous daily blog about mental health + bonus illustrations, and wrote a guest post about my personal experiences on the topic. We came up with a fun task for followers to get involved that we called #PersonifyME in which you visualize/personify a difficult emotion or anxiety you've been grappling with and post it to social media with the hashtag #PersonifyME. Here is my attempt at personifying my Inner Critic...what a bitch.
Never stop questioning things; be it the media, politicians or socio-cultural norms, your own storylines and assumptions about yourself and other people, or reality itself. In January 2019 I sent out this mailer that was animated through the ArtiviveApp.