This is an insightful glimpse into our perceptions of mental illness. One artist has created a way to explain these things in a different light.
History is full of ‘tortured geniuses’ — painters, poets, artists and architects considered leaders in their field who, behind-the-scenes, have suffered from psychological illness.
Italian illustrator Federico Babina explores this topic through his latest series ‘ARCHIATRIC’, which forms an architecturally illustrated reflection of the relationship between creativity and psychopathology.
‘In this series of images, I make an abstract exercise of translating one language to another,’ Babina says.
It is called Archiatric and it depicts 16 different conditions as works of architecture in various states of repair.
The images might seem abstract for some, but anyone living with the agony of mental illness should find them painfully accurate. The Barcelona-based digital artist also posted an animated video version of the project on YouTube for a more intense experience.
Babina says, “In this series of images, I make an abstract exercise of translating one language to another. It is quite true that architecture and the spaces that we live in influence our behavior and psychopathology. I don’t want to put a romantic aura around the discomfort and suffering of mental illness, but rather to make a reflection on the prejudices and negative stigmas with which the pathologies of the mind are often observed.”
Using basic architectural structures and with a surrealistic and cubist style, Babina illustrates various mental disorders such as schizophrenia, paranoia, autism, anxiety, depression, dementia, phobias… Some of the disorders are more achieved than others but it’s still a very accurate and graphic work which put some words to explain the inexplicable.
Babina states, “I don’t want to put a romantic aura around the discomfort and suffering of mental illness,’ babina says, ‘but rather to make a reflection on the prejudices and negative stigmas with which the pathologies of the mind are often observed.”
“It is quite true that architecture and the spaces that we live in influence our behavior and psychopathology,’ Babina continues, ‘who plans spaces plans attitudes, behaviors and emotional experiences’. ‘ARCHIATRIC’ gives an architectural and artistic voice to emotional states and disorders like anxiety, depression, dementia and paranoia, drawing attention to their relationship to creative people.”
More of Babina’s work can be found below, including the video with accompanying music:
Thanks to DesignBoom for the interview with Babina.