Cyanotype photogram on watercolor paper
(Photoshop processed filter)
30 x 26 cm
Melancholia is blue as in ‘feeling blue’, in blues, and in Picasso's Período Azul. Melancholia is fashionable in art and poetry. But if it goes just a little bit deeper, it becomes a mental illness, depression.
This work continues my project aiming to raise awareness about people’s mental illnesses through art. We all have psychological issues haunting us in different stages of our life. Some of us were unfortunate to develop these issues into clinical cases. Some of these illnesses cannot be cured, but with proper treatment and care, people with psychological disorders can have a balanced life. These people need our attention, compassion, and help.
The project constitutes my experimental work in Cognitive Poetry. Its theoretical considerations are based on the assumption that one of the major purposes of creative work is to elicit aesthetical reaction in the recipient. The aesthetical reaction could be achieved via satiation with multiple meanings presented through multiple sensory modalities. Thereby, a greater synergy is achieved, which in turn increases aesthetical reaction to a work of art. However, the core element of any work in Cognitive Poetry remains a poetic text. In the present project, it is combined with photography. The signature mental state is conveyed through poetic text incorporated within a photograph of a female figure enriching the poetic text with visual expression.