Your inner thoughts and fears have never been more alive.....
Welcome to the sewer!
In 2009 I started to study psychiatry as a young neurobiologist looking at what biological mechanisms were behind suicide attempts. As I studied the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders 4th Edition (DSM-IV) the category of diagnosis felt unfamiliar, hard to grasp and almost inhuman to me. We have a system in which we categorise feeling. Emotional function. So I started to paint these diagnoses, as I imagined them.
It resulted in four creature; the moobes, the marchers, the smeakers and the bones. You can click the pictures to the right to read more about them. In the begining they were dark creatures on oil paintings, but as my understanding of diagnoses, suicide and the entire psychiatric sphere grew, so did the light and the positivity in the figures, making them all more alive. The art became a story, the story became a book and the book became more art.
"I like my shadow, it tells me I exist. Even if there is a little light and even thought it's behind me and not ahead of me, it lets me know I'm not a part of the empty darkness myself" Moobe Alma, Chapter 5
I hope you find something that inspires you. I also hope it reminds you that we are all a part of a club- The sewer club. You see, everyone has cried in their bathroom at one point in their life. Now, thanks to the sewer creatures, you can be sure there is someone listening.
You can download the book for free, and art exhibitions will be announced in a town near you.
Almira Osmanovic Thunström, Artist, Neurobiologist, Fellow creature