Abnormal Psychology Artists and Identity

Max Ernst and Cindy Sherman as Examples of Artists Working With the Theme of Identity

Ernst early interests were psychiatry and philosophy. He abandoned his studies at the University of Bonn for painting. Here the rational world of science and industry have gone awry: the prints display a diagrammatic drawing technique, nonsensical equations, ineffectual measuring instruments, and a dysfunctional system of plumbs and weights. The portfolio also marks the first appearance of the artist’s assumed Dada identity, “Dadamax ERNST” Ernst was frustrated at the gallery and museum system who stereotyped him into frottage and oil painting. Frottage is the technique or process of taking a rubbing from an uneven surface to form the basis of a work of art. His creative ability to rebrand himself by assigning himself a new name, identity gave him the emotional and stylistic freedom he was seeking.

Max ErnstPlate I from Let There Be Fashion, Down With Art (Fiat modes pereat ars)1920

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman is one of the best known and most important artists working today. Her style is a performative practice of photographing herself under different guises. The popularity of her work produced many of contemporary art’s most iconic and influential images. An artist whose subject is often herself as somebody else caught in a moment of masquerade. This highlights the illusory nature of not only photography, but identity itself. Sherman’s underlying goal is to present a novel critique of female representation in photography. It has remained unchanged since she began her career in the 1970s.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled 584, 2017-2018 Courtesy of the Artist and Metro Pictures, New York © 2020 Cindy Sherman

Therapist with an Identity Disturbance? Is it possible for them to still be good at their job and help the client?

A therapist with BPD would be more into recovery than out of it and whatever issues are unresolved kept in the background so that they don’t harm the client. Most therapists are aware of their personal issues long before graduation from an accredited school of psychotherapy.

One may be well into recovery and any hidden symptoms undetected and therefore, harmless to a patient. Supervisory therapists can pick up pathology before a novice therapist ever gets near an actual patient, either before or during the internship.

Some students or interns are recommended for therapy before graduation. Some schools require actual participation by all students in personal therapy before entry or sometimes before completion of the program.

Provided someone with an identity disturbance survived all the challenges posed by programs that graduate psychotherapists, It’s highly possible they would do more than an adequate job helping their clients work through their issues. I knew a therapist with treated BPD that accomplished just that. Mike E. King, MS PhD psychology

An identity disturbance in young adulthood predicts a host of negative outcomes across the life span, including mood, anxiety, eating and substance use disorders, increased risk for physical illnesses, STD’s, low self esteem, cosmetic surgery and medical care, reduced quality of life, and reduced life expectancy

Take Care of Yourself, Too

Sometimes friendships with people who have an identity disturbance become unbalanced, and you may find yourself giving more than you receive. I’ve been on the receiving end of BPD outbursts it can be hurtful and difficult. These are my tips for dealing with these types. If this happens only occasionally, it is usually fine. Most relationships ebb and flow; they can’t always be an even 50-50 split. But if you find yourself in a perpetually unbalanced and difficult situation, it will create a strain in the relationship.

Research has shown that friends and family that care for people with an identity disturbance have high rates of hostility, anxiety, depression, and distrust.7 Financial strain, marital problems, and social embarrassment are also common family responses.  As a result, friendships with people with BPD can be rocky. Sometimes, people with BPD engage in behaviors that can seem manipulative, mean-spirited, or destructive.

If you give too much, you may start to feel resentful or burned out. After a while, you may get to the point that you feel the need to end the relationship for your own health and happiness. one technique that you may to try when dealing with manipulative person is called Grey Rocking. This may Help. Picture a grey rock: Unremarkable, forgettable, and similar to countless others scattered nearby. Even the most enthusiastic collector probably wouldn’t have a lot to say about this rock. So, if you wanted to escape notice, becoming a grey rock might seem like a good way to go about it. Of course, people can’t actually turn into rocks, but that’s where the idea of grey rocking comes from.

Techniques for dealing with those who have mental health challenges

Another technique would be Restorative Justice a technique used in teaching. Dialogue in the restorative justice context refers to the use of a neutral mediator to prepare, structure, and guide face-to-face interactions between victims and offenders in ways that avoid revictimization of those harmed, promote reparation of the harms caused, strengthen pro-social human relationships and provide an opportunity for offenders to earn redemption and return to the community as constructive citizens.

In the long term, however, it is more helpful for a person with an identity disturbance to have a consistent, reliable friend than to have a friend who was 100% there for them for a few months before disappearing forever. For this reason, it is important for you to take care of yourself, take breaks from your friend when needed, and create healthy boundaries so that you get your needs fulfilled, too.

It requires assertive communication skills and sufficient self-awareness to understand when it is time to pull back a bit. It is possible to have a long-term, rewarding friendship with someone with an identity disturbance if you work at it.

What happens when you set boundaries with a borderline? Setting boundaries for your relationship is important for you and the person with an identity disturbance. However, you should not expect your limits to fix the relationship quickly. The person with the identity issue may feel like these boundaries are a form of rejection, which may cause them to lash out.

Movies about Identity 

This might seem like an odd topic for a film to some people. For those who live with the condition these movies about identity show them they are not alone. There is a stigma associated with poor mental health in the United States and other societies around the world. It’s all too often the reason people suffering from these issues often don’t seek help. One of the ways society learns more about mental illness, its symptoms and consequences, is through storytelling. That lens, in modern society, is often film.

Film is particularly well-suited to showing how people, their family, friends and colleagues, deal with difficult mental health problems, how their lives sometime unravel, and what it takes to recover.

sources MoMa, Smithsonian Magazine Matt Morrissette, verywellmind.com, Cosmetic Surgery and Psychological Issues Randy A. Sansone, MD and Lori A. Sansone, MD, inspiremalibu.com, nhsinform.scot

Glucam for a fixative: Painting, Chemistry, and Perfumes

I promised a few of you that I would put up my formula for perfume (12ml) to create a cypher. finished weight approx. 1oz (29.6 ml) using Glucam for a fixative

(top) 3.6ml 30% total top 
0.25ml Glucam p-20
2.6ml Rose de Mai
.5ml Manderine
.25ml Black Tea
.25ml Black Pepper

Description of Scent: NancyPantz rose, brightness, softness, leaf and sweet woods, 

Glucam for a fixative: Painting, Chemistry, and Perfumes for Women

Glucam™ P-20 humectant is a naturally-derived, 100% active, propoxylated methyl glucose ether. It is one of the few naturally-derived cosmetic fluids that are miscible with water, alcohols, organic esters, and oils. In any product, it delivers humectancy with a lubricious, emollient feel. In alcohol-based systems, Glucam P-20 humectant reduces the stinging effect alcohol has on the skin. Equally important is fragrance-containing formulations, it acts as a fixative by subduing volatilization of the “high notes”. The light color and low odor of Glucam P-20 humectant will not interfere with the mood the fragrance is trying to communicate. It is recommended for use in hair care and skincare products.

(heart) 3ml 25% total modifier 
2ml Rose Damask
.125ml Damascone Beta
.125ml rose oxide
.25ml tuberrose
.125ml Peonile (G)
.25ml jasmine
.20ml ylang ylang

(base) 5.4ml 45% 
4.25ml white musk
0.25ml gaiacwood
0.125ml Opopanax-Sweet Myrrh Kenya resin
0.125ml Iso E Super (I)
0.25ml patchouli
.25ml sandalwood

Glucam for a fixative: Painting, Chemistry, and Perfumes for Women

I was creating a sizing for a canvas to be used to make a painting and decided it should smell good as well. I then quickly realized the beauty of the similarity between perfumes and painting joined by chemistry.  

a few perfume notes: Glucam P-20 Fixative (2-5% of your fragrance formula concentrate) for the top mid notes

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Juice new undiluted mix sit an at least a few days in order to get an idea of what the scent will really be. After diluting, you need to let it sit for 4-6 weeks. Otherwise, all you will smell is alcohol if you’re using that as the carrier agent. measure this all out in ml everything by volume and refer to math formula, perfume oil 8 parts (29%) of the remaining 70%, alcohol 19 parts (95%) water 1 part (5%) This percentage is extremely important: it is, for the major part, responsible for the tenacity of the perfume. A perfume containing 20% of bases, 30% of modifiers, and 50% of top notes will lack tenacity since the percentage of bases would be relatively too low as compared with that of the more volatile modifiers and top notes. Therefore, the proportions are selected so as to obtain a balanced evolution during evaporation.

sources: The Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques by Ralph Mayer, perfumersapprentice.com, two thousand formulas, recipes and Trade secrets by harry bennet F.A.I.C. #perfume #canvassizing #essentialoils #fragranceoils #nancytranterperfume

How to Get Ahead in Interior Design with Restoration: Moe Bridges Art Deco Chandelier

Sometimes an Art Deco Chandelier only needs a light cleaning to remove superficial dirt leaving the original lacquered finish intact.

Interior Design with Restoration Nancy Tranter with a  Moe Bridges Art Deco Chandelier
antique restoration Nancy Tranter MB polychrome chandelier

The Moe Bridges Chandelier arrived from the flea market with the bobeshes and beaded crystal trim missing. The wiring was from 1910 and the finish was irregular. I acquired the Art Deco Chandelier from a demolition expert working on a house in Sterling, Illinois. If you can find yourself a demolition expert in the midwest the restoration becomes affordable and worth it.

The whole project cost me 38$ not including paint and wiring. The Restoration of the polychrome arms was going to be tricky. I used a mild ketchup solution (that’s right ketchup!) which is great for cleaning paint. I left the ketchup on overnight and gently washed it away with warm water in the morning the brass and chrome were shining. Don’t use chemicals for cleaning paint you run the risk of removing it. The girls had a blast squeezing ketchup everywhere. The photographs speak for themselves.

I first started repainting the molded iron body. Matching the original color was not as hard as I thought in 1910 there were fewer enamel choices and the company Moe Bridges recorded the colors and they are readily available in many places. Next came the verdigris removal. I used a soft tip dremmel and took my time there was a minimaI amount of lost metal. Then I rewired using porcelain fittings and 16AWG UL wire with copper grounding.

Interior Design with Restoration art nouveau chandelier moe bridges

Art Deco Chandelier Lighting can make or break your kitchen interior scheme make sure you take the time out to design for ambient, task, mood, accent, and decorative.

I’m about to install dimmer switches their inexpensive and can give me a wide range of ambient overhead chandelier options. This bolsters my light from the 2′ x 4′ skylight I have. Next is ‘Task’ lighting to ensure safe food prep’ built-in light is under the cabinets. I have an open-concept kitchen. Using ‘Mood’ lighting is a great way to solve the problem. Battery-timed wall sconce candle is a great choice for mood lighting. Avoid fabric-covered lighting ideas as these absorb grease and smells and keep lamps off counters to free up work zones.

art nouveau chandelier moe bridges

sources: ebay, essortment’s channel, grandbrass.comcolin and justinpricedownmall

Collage with Ideasthesia, Surrealist Automatism and Empathy

A playful combination of empathy and surrealist automatism paintings

collage #4 All images © 2006-2007 Nancy Tranter
collage #4
mixed media on masonite 8″x12″
All images © 2006-2007 Nancy Tranter

Empathy pervades both art-making and the experience of looking at art. Collage is a medium that offers a quick response for the technique of automatism.

Artists can increase empathy in others through their work, eliciting that feeling from people who may be numb from all the terrible things going on in the world, making the viewer more sensitive and vulnerable.

The Center for Building a Culture of Empathy describes empathy in four stages: self-empathy, or mindfulness of what’s going on inside oneself; mirrored empathy, meaning taking on another person’s emotion; imaginative empathy, which involves putting yourself in another person’s shoes; and empathic action, i.e., contributing to the well being of others. All of these aspects can play a role in art-making.

“Artists try to make a gift of what they have felt, What they have felt is the aggregate of what they have seen, and so it includes their own imaginings of what others have thought and felt.”

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In the 1800s, philosophers of aesthetics wondered why art pleased people, and they came up with the idea that art activates viewers’ memories and emotions. The concept of ideasthesia used by artists also raises a question: Can we use ideasthesia to formulate a theory of art? The relationship between the two opposing forces of ideasthesia, i.e., the concept and the sensation, can be used to formulate a hypothesis about psychological events that underlie the process of either creating an art piece or appreciating (i.e., consuming) it[1]. So, empathy was the mysterious element that connected art and the viewer. In 1873, German aesthetics student Robert Vischer described this projection of emotion as einfühlung, “feeling into,” and, in 1909, British psychologist Edward Titchener translated the word into English as “empathy.” John Dewey’s notion of imagination being indispensable to all learning can be seen to be a “pathway” to empathy. Freud argued that psychoanalysts should embrace empathy to understand their patients.

Surrealist Automatism is a method of art-making in which the artist suppresses conscious control over the making process, allowing the unconscious mind to have great sway. Early 20th-century Dadaists, made some use of this method through chance operations. 

“Artists, as a whole, are more empathic than non-artists. They’re more sensitive. They tend to have more fluid, permeable personal boundaries that allow them to connect to people in meaningful, emotional ways. That connection provides fuel for the creative process.”

Joe Behen, PhD, at SAIC

collage #5 All images © 2006-2007 Nancy Tranter
collage #5
mixed media on masonite 12″x18″
All images © 2006-2007 Nancy Tranter
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Collage #6
mixed media
on canvas 28" x 56"
nancy tranter
Collage #6
mixed media
on canvas 28″ x 56″
All images © 2006-2007 Nancy Tranter
nancy tranter

source: Janson’s History of Art, Robert Vischer, Walter Osika, Joe Behen, Jesse Ball, John Dewey, 1Danko Nikolić

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