A Girl Called Melancholy - Cheeky Ingelosi

A Girl Called Melancholy - Cheeky Ingelosi

Cheeky Ingelosi, a.k.a Janelia Mould, is a talented self-taught conceptual photographer and digital artist from South Africa. The images chosen for this post are all a part of a series which looks at her personal experience with mental health issues, in particular, depression. Because this series of work is so directed, I took the unusual step of contacting her beforehand, and I offered her the opportunity to read the post before it was finished in case there was anything she would like to say or add. Thankfully, she only said nice things and mentioned she'd been able to gain more insight.  When I first came across Janelia's work, I felt no hesitation in my desire to explore her images in a more meaningful way. All quotes given here accompanied the original image postings on Facebook.

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Bad Signs

Bad Signs

There is nothing obvious in this picture which suggests anything of solid predictive value, it's a snapshot of where things are at in an instant. And at face value, it all looks pretty hopeless. 

I've long-since been suspicious of umbrellas. I don't mean suspicious in the superstitious sense, just suspicious of the symbolism. In their own way, they're deceiving; they offer scant protection against a hard storm and are really only good for light showers without any wind. Umbrellas are a common object in art and their overall symbolic meaning represents a level of protection; as to whether that protection is adequate or insufficient, we need to look at it in context within the bigger picture. 

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Endings

Endings

Now and again, I come across an image which is a little different to what usually draws my attention. These days - more often than not it'll represent a once familiar tune which no longer plays, but the memory of the dance it inspired will rattle through my body...sometimes creating discomfort, at other times joy. The above picture is one such example which provides provocation of an old memory. I find myself unsettled at the sight of it, yet I choose to keep looking and let my mind wonder, and wander, as I patiently wait for my head to connect with the soul self.

I glance back up at the screen, and I'm thinking about the symbolic meaning of swan, and how their interpretation is likely to be varied between countries. 

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Almost Boxed In

Almost Boxed In

Kathy Grieb Kennedy is one of my favourite artists; I mean she’s in my top twenty currently alive on the planet favourites. After spending a good half hour scouting around for images, I remembered I hadn’t paid her portfolio a visit in a month or so and tapped my way over there pronto. Kathy’s prolific in her creative output, but there were two in particular that stood out for me and the image above was one of them. I found it to be funny, not just the concept but the title ~ it was appropriate for my mood; which was pissed off, dark, brooding, and ever-so-slightly-dejected. So I’m in the throes of whatever I’m in the throes of and I spy a pirate pic with the caption of…

Life’s pretty good, and why wouldn’t it be? I’m a pirate, after all…Johnny Depp

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Art As Therapy

Art As Therapy

These images are all the work of Susanne, a woman who lives on the west coast of Sweden. I found her work on DeviantArt; she runs the Art-Psychology group on there…and openly admits to using art as a form of therapy, along with any writing she does to go alongside it. I didn’t have the time to read everything but certainly enough to know this is someone who is not only sensitive but actively engaged in a dialogue with herself. And no, not ALL artists are sensitive and conscious of the therapeutic process going on within. The writing is in Swedish, and I had to rely on good old Google Translate to do the hard stuff, and I only wish I was able to make more sense of the details. What I did manage to grasp - Susanne has plenty of shit going around her which has affected her mentally and emotionally and she consciously uses art and writing to not only express herself but to balance and calm her internal torment. 

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