26 days ago
This is Mica @therecoveryarchive in conversation with @rachaelburnsphoto and @kika_perez_2015 for #FFConversation
Today I’m answering Kika’s question: What is your need to take photos?
In the simplest terms: to express myself & my reality. Each photo I take is a self-portrait - even if I’m not visible in the frame. Writing gives me voice, & my photography strengthens my writing - & vice versa.
I create media that actually resonates with me - that I can actually see myself in. I’m queer & I’m mentally ill. I express all aspects of my personality with a candid lens, at times painfully so. Art is a means to compartmentalize my disordered thoughts; art is catharsis. & yet this is a balancing act. Society is quick to accuse artists of romanticizing their own mental illnesses, while at the same time quick to expect those same artists to suffer for their art. Art isn’t bound to suffering. Art can be healing; art can be a step to future recovery.
These images are from a 2016 project “Emotional Language.” This series specifically focuses on six toxic emotions: obsession, ambivalence, anxiety, depression, disassociation, & instability. These pages, with my text & my feelings & my face, form the Emotional Language of my life. I later turned the project into a book & a six-sided cube installation. “Emotional Language” was a toe-dip into fully immersing my work into my psychology & mental health. My Instagram label is @therecoveryarchive because it acts as an archive of past disordered thoughts - be them suicidal, borderline, or psychotic. It’s also allowed me to experiment with #glitchart techniques as I re-contextualize & remix past selfies & past thoughts. 🗣
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