My mind–body affliction: an investigation of Anorexia Nervosa through jewellery practice.
Jewellery is an extension of self that goes beyond the physical body. It can be worn on the body regardless of all physical attributes; thus, it can bridge beyond physical appearance and/or preference. Jewellery is chosen to be places on the body, unlike many mental illnesses. Which makes it an appropriate medium to aid in my interpretation of Anorexia.
My pieces act as a metaphor of how my mental illness manifested into physical illness, with anorexia nervosa as mediator. This cycle closely mimics the mind-body problem first introduced by Rene Descartes. Whom first developed the philosophical question of how something non-physical can affect the physical. My shapes were created using Computer Aided Design and were brought into physical existence using a three dimensional printer. They mimic the physical signs of my (previously) underweight body, yet they are heavy. This represents my mental state during that previous chapter of my life. This will also act as a constant reminder of its presence to the wearer, mirroring the way anorexia was deeply rooted within my everyday routine.
I chose to use limited colours to represent my memories of both mental and physical illness when their effects first set in, as well as my recovery process:
· Blue representing my feelings of dissonance and sadness,
· Yellow representing the support I received and the hope I gained.
In conclusion, my body of work will be a visual depiction of my mind and body, both literally and metaphorically, interacting, influencing and changing one another.
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