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post #2 of (permalink) Old 05-26-2019, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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She was tied to her native folk culture and she was exploring it. (Something we don't have people doing in my country btw because maybe it would be too traumatic for many people to learn all the actual sufferings and generational traumas and flaws instead of myths that make it look perfect so that patriotism and lack of reflection would remain). She was a post-colonialist.

I've heard that many psychoanalysts call today's (starting from somewhere in the 20th century) era ''schizoid era''. That's something that speaks volumes to me as a deeply schizoid person myself. Actually they were talking about Western world, but it influences the whole world and people from it to different extents so... There was a term called ''alienation'' that Marx came up with. But he was only talking about alienation from nature and alienation from work. Psychanalysts/philosophers like Erich Fromm later developed this concept and extented it onto other spheres of life, e.g. alienation from self and from others.

So that's what these paintings remind me of, especially the first one where she shows the differences between her culture that she loves and USA. Sort of criticism of American culture. She clearly wasn't that fond of it. I've heard that she also didn't like how it's a cultural norm not to show your true emotions in America. (I don't know how true that is but I know that it's very true in my country).

The toilet bowl made me think of pornography and porn culture. Sorry, coudln't not to say that. As well as capitalism as a whole, how our needs are taken away from us and repackaged as a product and it's like physical/emotional is disconnected with intellectual or something and it's presented as basic and generic, stripped out of humanity and subjectivity. Perhaps some of it is also how I see human needs in general sometimes as a schizoid because the world doesn't feel joyous in general from first days/weeks of my life so I feel nothing. Still I distinguish these two things and the first one is not something I came up with myself.

And yeah this picture really reminds me that societal achievments and living for their sake shouldn't be my focus in life which is something that's probably easier for me as a schizoid to think. But many people on this site have ranking as their mentality and as something they're absolutely certain about that it can't be otherwise. You know, there's also all this populistic talk about biological-natural-100% scientific lobster hierarchies and stuff too that originated from the same kind of mentality.

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