My mental ‘home’ | 2012
What sort of protection does a person need nowadays? A physical one? Or a more psychical and subtle one? Trying to give response to these questions, I set this textile installation at home serving as practical scenario to get inspired and provide personal hands-on conclusions…
The trip on protection that men has been seeking, from dug architecture to garments -and skin and mental states as further steps- reaches its other extreme point and is completed by this mental protection that one is able to find, stated as probably our current most effective and virtual means to feel safe and calm again. The reasons throughout the history have been very different, therefore, the solutions, features and qualities of the protective space and the material where it is built are such as well, however always with the same goal and function, and done guided by our instincts.
The practice of Yoga helps to disconnect, remove all one’s thoughts, empty one’s head in order to find a mental extremely private state. There is a place where one can take refuge, a place inside oneself, a place to which no one else has access, a place that no one can destroy. To access that place there is yoga, an ancient technique. It’s a place where one will find peace, where one will find tranquility, freedom. But one must practice it continuously, intensely, assiduously and dutifully, and then one will achieve it, and will be free. Interestingly, a series of drawings made by French-American artist and sculptor Louise Bourgeois under the name of Femme Maison can give a visual expression to this mental sort of protection: a woman body whose head is replaced literally by a house. The female figure has a dual appearance because it is surmounted by a construction, a sort of house, that covers and imprisons the head. Symbolic drawings that reproduce a strange creature.
Therefore, it is a mental place not easy and rapid to build; it is not a place that one gets immediately, but a constant and intensive work and practice is needed to reach it. The only way to achieve this place is by means of deleting one’s worries, problems, distractions, restlessness… which I consider a mental diligent removal action. This non-short and non-easy-reachable task is always present, and necessary I would say. An effort -physical to carve caves in mountains or mental to empty our mind- that the person has to make to get his or her personal result. The making by removing, this effort that implies a personal dedication of time, energy and commitment is important and crucial in order to consolidate a stronger link, a special individual emotional connection, between result and the user who has created it. One reaches that state as a result of one’s personal effort.
Here some images from the setting-up:
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