de Cristina Arribas González
ART AND MENTAL ILLNESS
I’ve been anorexic and bulimic since childhood.
In art, I found a way of understanding my own limits, the body turned into a tool of work, and I wanted to reflect it.
When I was photographing other bodies, other faces, I was feeling that I had liberated myself of my own (proper) body.
Mental illness is an artistic experience.
Through it, we can create and we can communicate extraordinary dynamics of art and creativity.
Schizophrenia, bipolarity, depression, addictions, personality disorder and eating behavior are some of the pathologies I have known on behalf of some colleagues and my most intimate and personal experience.
Why the body? The body is an experience in itself, it functions as a thermostat of the soul and teaches us. The body is a voice beyond a face. (Just one more body).
Cristina Arribas González
Mirror – Sylvia Plath
I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.
Whatever I see I swallow immediately
Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.
I am not cruel, only truthful,
The eye of a little god, four-cornered.
Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall.
It is pink, with speckles. I have looked at it so long
I think it is part of my heart. But it flickers.
Faces and darkness separate us over and over.
Now I am a lake. A woman bends over me,
Searching my reaches for what she really is.
Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon.
I see her back, and reflect it faithfully.
She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands.
I am important to her. She comes and goes.
Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness.
In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman
Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.
The experience of the body an self-image
(the body’s past experience or something that the body does not recognize as self)
CRISTINA ARRIBAS GONZÁLEZ (poeta y pintora)
Nació en Madrid en el año 86, ha dedicado su vida al arte, dirigiendo proyectos artísticos y editoriales o exponiendo obras de carácter plástico o visual. Ha colaborado en el nacimiento de editoriales a nivel nacional e internacional con algunos de sus textos y ha participado en la producción de obras de otros autores, bien como diseñadora artística o divulgadora cultural.
Con el nombre de Alejandra Teherán da a conocer sus poemas.
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