What is really "Asylum"? How can it best be described?
Insanity or alienation, a scream for help, perhaps? Or, maybe all together.
Best, it can be described as the result of the plan and action of modern civilization, that draws hideous shapes, personify horror, despondency, and alienation.
Something that nobody realizes, nobody cares or we are too afraid to recognize.
Asylum represents the "madness" that exists in each one of us. And madness is a condition that can be seen from two perspectives:
In the first one, a positive and useful experience, mental suffering seen as a creative adventure. The one in which "Madness is a gift from the gods", how Plato put it. The catalyst for a deeper understanding of spiritual concepts. A manifestation of enlightenment that transcends societal norms.
The second one, the product of extraordinary imaginative minds with catastrophic results. The disease resulting from the wrong effect. A deformed truth, despair, agony, and loneliness that affects our very self.
Asylum represents a new kind of art - a horror painting - with deep historical roots. A painting that draws our attention to the form that humanity can take. And this form is not always beautiful.
Because the modern world can be wonderful in many ways, but it's also tragically and powerfully able to cause great levels of anxiety and depression. It can, irreversible, damage our mental health. It creates shadows of truth, fear, alienation.
Look behind all that, don't be afraid to see the truth. Only then you will see all the universe beauty, only then can you be free. Look at the hideous shapes head-on, because only then you will be able to change them.
Style: Abstract painting, horror painting
Technique: Oil painting on canvas, golden leaf on canvas
Dimensions: 30 x 40 cm
Artist: contemporary artist, Romanian painter – Stefania Nistoreanu