Intense Emotional Reactions

The body remembers and it has high intuition, I rely on my body, music colours and physical stimuli to convey an emotion and experience. 

This is my biggest collection which I have been working on since 2018. Each piece is a concept, an allegory, a story, some are autobiographical other are stories and issues that I heard and felt close or important which explore the human experience. This series started as an outburst and need to connect with people who feel like me. I relate to the intensity of colours expressing emotional responses.My practice is a continuous study of colour  and emotions; juxtaposing the psychology of colours, nature and colour symbolism . There are certain emotions that appear to me in form of colour and I portray them exactly how I feel and see them. I pour colour onto the surface and create different layers, I then move the surface according to the mood/emotion that I want to portray but most importantly; to the mood/emotion that I am feeling towards the experience/condition that I have observed and now portraying; creating a dialogue between body, colour and mind. This collection requires the attention of my whole body and mind simultaneously. While painting and writing; I listen to music which evokes the emotions or experiences that I'm portraying. 

 

This process allows me to let go of anything that no longer serves me. Each piece has lyrics which help ground the work. there are no brush marks; they are used only to retouch the artwork if the artwork's mood requires a deeper attention to detail and does not stem from a raw experience or emotion.  

 

I gave this collection the name INTENSE EMOTIONAL REACTIONS because many times,  anxieties and emotions are stigmatized and mocked. Sentences such as "women are too emotional" "You should not feel like that" etc. when all some of us want is to express ourselves. Therefore I used the term intensity and emotional to create something meaningful for me and hopefully, for others. Artistically; I was inspired by Munch, Van Gogh, Tracey Emin, Lana del Rey, Pink Floyd, Lady Gaga, Sylvia Plat, Alda Merini, Niki de Saint Phalle ,Salvador Dali' and 60s counterculture. 

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