Today it’s the disease of adolescent girls—blamed on catwalk models, airbrushed celebrities, thigh gap aspirations, and unrealistic diets. And while it’s true that women are faced with enormous pressure to look good and thin, the disease is much older than Hollywood norms. There are signs of it here and there in human history just as clear as the bulls, deers, and dogs in cave paintings. Egyptian hieroglyphs, Persian manuscripts, Roman histories, and Chinese scrolls all suggest the existence of what today we call anorexia. In 384 AD, Saint Jerome described the first recorded death by self-starvation in a letter to the mother of a twenty-two year old Roman woman named Blaesilla. The young woman—who was one of Jerome’s followers and also a saint—died for the Gnostic principles of denying one’s body and embracing one’s soul.
It should come as no surprise that the practices related to anorexia are ancient. At their roots are basic human desires—to control, to be safe, to be loved, and to please.
Art and Politics …. Yes
Being back from Savannah and meeting people who care more about their art and their passion, made me realize that life, in short, is never going to stop for anyone. You realize that people out there need love, they have love, they want something to explain to them why things are the way they are, why life is hard, why people leave us, why we leave people, and I understood that what they used to communicate the answers to these questions was art. All types of art forms, from lotions to life size paintings of people. It wasn’t just the school, it was the people that were hungry for art that convinced to come back.
The Art of Turning Weapons into Instruments
Mexican artist Pedro Reyes recently constructed a series of working, mechanized instruments from dismantled guns, giving the weapons new life with music.