#17: The Mind – Art has helped me with my mental health. I draw highly detailed mandalas that help me enter a space of tranquil and calm, aiding self-reflection and inner silence
An arts e-zine, a window to the soul, or something that is yet to be described. 300+ posts of creative joy.
Wake Up Screaming is an online arts zine created in 2018. It ran for a year and a half and released 17 editions with the cycles of the moon. Curated by artist Matt Witt, the zine was an open space allowing artists to gather around themes that link art with real life, human psychology, philosophy and spirituality. Each edition encouraged us to explore themes relating to consciousness, creativity and approaching artistic expression as a means of understanding ourselves and unfolding our Beings.
Wake up screaming features 300+ posts featuring visual art, illustration, writing, stories, poetry, music, films, animations, and any mixture of these things, plus things that fall into none of thos ecategories and over 100 artists interviews from all over the planet.
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Wake Up Screaming is in hibernation. The themes investigated in this project inspired many new strands of creative investigation for the editor. Since the launch of the last edition in Jan 2019, Matt has been concentrating on other projects, including his Tree Walks, music and art, At some point in the future, he might decide to do some further editions, but for now, the zine stands as an archive of artists working in the year 2018 and a cross section of Matt’s psyche, a finger print of his interests, inspirations, internal ponderings and outward expressions. With Love.
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#17: The Mind – This composite, ongoing project is broadly inspired by the Jungian concept of the collective unconscious
#17: The Mind – His mind came to rest in the crescent of her lashes where he laid his body in their perfect cradle.
#17: The Mind – Even when everything can be predicted and goes well, we feel a sense of uncertainty and strive to find chaos.
#17: The Mind – The importance of living in the present moment rather than unnecessary dwellings in the past or trying to figure out what the future will look like.
#17: The Mind – It was after the birth of my first child that I became enlightened to my truth; the mind pretends to be in control of things inside and outside of the self.
#17: The Mind – I often meditate outdoors. I listen and observe and try to sense beyond what is immediately available to my senses – each day has its own Being.
#17: The Mind – When I was fifteen years old at school I got into a serious fight with another pupil, and my punishment was to spend the whole afternoon in the Art school.
#17: The Mind – Each poem is an intimate slice of life and was written, as all my writing is, in answer to that voice that comes and impels a response. The creative process is a fascination of mine.
#17: The Mind – My art is a way to understand myself and the world, to escape and find resolve where there may not be any in the present.
#17: The Mind – The reflective process needed to create a resounding piece of work teaches you to be deeply reflective about your psyche, to reflect critically with intense patience.
#17: The Mind – “I’ve been interested in the mind all of my life. I turned inside-out on December 31, 1976, which is tantamount to losing one’s mind.”
#17: The Mind – All my work is an existential projection of my mind and life. It is an emotion reaction, an outlet to a feeling, a deep personal endeavour that has attached itself onto my mind…
#17: The Mind – An attempt by the author to understand the difference between pain that artists can find creatively generative and pain that artists find totally blocks creativity.
#17: The Mind – Clouds are ethereal, transient and beautiful – just like the emotional sensitivities of humans.
#17: The Mind – Art and creativity are perhaps a more natural language for the mind to express itself where words might fail or be insufficient.
#17: The Mind – I have had tinnitus since childhood. Unfortunately for me I have a brain that likes to decode things and so from an early age I spent my nights learning the language of my tinnitus.
#17: The Mind – In Jungian theory, the watery deep is considered a psychological symbol of the unconscious; or the depths of the unknown that paradoxically exist both within us and beyond us.
#17: The Mind – Expressing my internal state through my work has helped me to define what depression and anxiety is to me.
#17: The Mind – The short, intense collaboration embodies the merging of two people on a mental, physical and spiritual level, while simultaneously revealing its impossibility.
#17: The Mind – My work comes from a personal place, it deals with my own mental state: my anxieties, my depressions and boredom.
#17: The Mind – Trauma can be incorporated into one’s identity, serving not only as a turning point or reference point, but also defining one’s life and purpose.
#17: The Mind – I have witnessed the creative process having different effects on the mind and think it is important to share these observations
#17: The Mind – Showing up just may be one of the most important things you can do in life regardless of the situation.
#17: The Mind – Train of Thought is a graphical representation of all the consequences we make in everyday life. Regrets. Some intentional, some not.
#17: The Mind – My work deals almost exclusively with the mind. I am diagnosed as Bipolar 1, and although I have been in recovery for years, it’s something that affects me every day.
#17: The Mind – Language can be inefficient to express the total map of a mind related experience and photography can perhaps come to aid.
#17: The Mind – Creativity is like the playroom of the mind, it’s the place where your mind can reflect all the choices you have.
#17: The Mind – I am very interested in the the relationship between the mind and the human. In some of my artworks I try to explore this relationship and to express my ideas about it.
#17: The Mind – I use creativity to process my emotions and help me integrate new, healthy ways of being
#17: The Mind – I am interested in what is hidden, invisible or yet unformed and the relationship between that inner and the outer space.
#17: The Mind – Art is the therapy that we do not realise that we need…
#17: The Mind – I worked closely with my subject (who suffers from long term depression) trying to understand how this affects her life on a day to day basis.
#17: The Mind – An alternative way to explore The Mind – Browse via themes / topics, choose your own adventure!
#17: The Mind – I create to express myself and help others be in touch with their higher self and find ways to overcome their fears and negative behaviours so that we live in a more positively connected world.
#17: The Mind – I’ve grown comfortable with the complexity of being grateful for a mind responsible for the joy of creating art and the pain of depression.
#17: The Mind – I have a very difficult relationship with my own mind, I have psychosis and Aspergers syndrome making it difficult for me to work out whats true in my life and what is imaginary
#17: The Mind – My attempt at comprehending the universe is by appeasing a series of curiosities by diving into any material I can find on the subject.
#17: The Mind – 40 artists, offering over 20,000 words and over 100 images which together form countless insights into the complexities and the simplicities of the human mind.
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