Title

Melancholic Temperament

Author Information

Mia-Myline MedinaFollow

Description/Abstract

Artist Statement

Melancholic Temperament explores the darker and often unexpressed side of human emotions. Anger, loneliness, and social disconnect are key themes incorporated throughout the series. The scenes are highly staged and deadpan in order to expose a suppressed and unnatural tension within ourselves. Influence for this series stems from my childhood. Growing up, I was often left to care for myself, due to the fact that my single mother worked long days in the military. I often felt disconnected from my family and was not equipped mentally to form social connections with my peers, as I moved constantly. Being alone, and not knowing who to talk to or how to express myself, I learned to suppress these darker emotions. In retrospect, this was toxic to my mental health. If I could give my younger self one piece of advice, it would be to communicate with anyone in regard to how I was feeling. The series is intended to create a discussion about the broader range of internalized emotions. Open discussion about taboo topics, such as the ones explored in this series, may aid in diminishing the stigma surrounding them and give those suffering silently a chance to seek help.

Presenting Author Name/s

Mia-Myline Medina

Faculty Advisor

Greta Pratt

Presentation Type

Artwork

Disciplines

Fine Arts | Photography

Session Title

Art Exhibit

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Art Gallery

Start Date

February 2020

End Date

February 2020

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Feb 8th, 8:00 AM Feb 8th, 12:30 PM

Melancholic Temperament

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Art Gallery

Artist Statement

Melancholic Temperament explores the darker and often unexpressed side of human emotions. Anger, loneliness, and social disconnect are key themes incorporated throughout the series. The scenes are highly staged and deadpan in order to expose a suppressed and unnatural tension within ourselves. Influence for this series stems from my childhood. Growing up, I was often left to care for myself, due to the fact that my single mother worked long days in the military. I often felt disconnected from my family and was not equipped mentally to form social connections with my peers, as I moved constantly. Being alone, and not knowing who to talk to or how to express myself, I learned to suppress these darker emotions. In retrospect, this was toxic to my mental health. If I could give my younger self one piece of advice, it would be to communicate with anyone in regard to how I was feeling. The series is intended to create a discussion about the broader range of internalized emotions. Open discussion about taboo topics, such as the ones explored in this series, may aid in diminishing the stigma surrounding them and give those suffering silently a chance to seek help.