Caution: Art May Cause You to Feel
Join a mental health illustrator for an imaginary trip through MoMA’s galleries and reflections on how art can elicit emotion.
Jan 31, 2022
What artwork makes me feel curious?
Remedios Varo. The Juggler (The Magician). 1956
What artwork makes me feel peaceful?
Félix Vallotton. Laziness (La Paresse). 1896
What artwork makes me feel skeptical?
Jackson Pollock. One: Number 31, 1950. 1950
What artwork makes me feel delighted?
Vincent van Gogh. The Starry Night. 1889
Often, through learning to notice our emotions without judgment, they’re transformed. The foreign becomes familiar as exiled emotions become companions—neither good nor bad, simply present.
Do you find echoes of your experience in these stories, or do they feel strange and alien? Perhaps you’ve had a vastly different emotional experience with the same works of art described here. While certain works tend to elicit similar emotions, we’re made up of a tapestry of experiences, values, cultural contexts, and identities, which means that each of us responds uniquely. Our shared experience, however, is that when we view art with mindful presence, it can be a universally emotional experience.
Lindsay Braman. Caution: Art May Cause You to Feel. 2022
How does art make you feel?
Use this chart the next time you visit MoMA and let us know on social media!
Lindsay Braman is a St. Louis-based artist, therapist, educator, and visual translator working to help make mental health education accessible to everyone.
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