Noordhoff, Helena J.
This paper examines shared perceptions regarding mental health and emotional conditions as well as the diagnoses we attribute to them; thus, inviting the development of empathy. In my exhibit, Realphantasie, Monoprints, zines, and audio are showcased as an examination leading viewers to perceiving, reacting to, and emoting about collected narratives represented in the artwork which reveal struggles with mental health. Predominantly inspired by the work of Hermann Rorsach, Andy Warhol, Lygia Clark,and Ray Johnson, my artwork serves to foster inclusion, emphasize engagement, and transform a viewing of the exhibit into a meaningful personal experience. The dominant mono print inkblots seek to vary perceptions between individuals. To make the works, I use frosted mylar as my substrate and acrylic inks. The elements of metallic oxidation in the mirrored inkblots conceptually represent the breaking down of strength, yet they produce beautiful pigments. In order for the viewer to find a connection or a moment beyond the surface, they must engage more deeply with the inkblots to recognize images and shapes within. The zines in Realphantasie, collections of drawings and writings, summon further engagement and consideration for the viewer. The audio composition plays to intentionally represent my interpretation of how anxiety could sound. Collectively, these works prompt the viewer to engage, perceive, and contemplate our awareness of and reactions to mental health.
Art criticism, Art history, Psychology, Emapthy, Mental Health, Perception, Printmaking, Rorschach Ink Blot Test, Sound Art
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