“The Inkblot Project is a non-profit community which aims to understand the cumulative mental state of the world we live in. The main motive truly is to help the world the best way we know, through art.” Read on to learn about Eesha and the story behind The Inkblot Project.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m intensely driven by the passion for learning more about the human mind. A brush with substance abuse pulled me back more than a few years. I wanted to study Psychology but was not able to make the grades for it. Being institutionalized for 5 months was traumatic, but my mind learned this beautiful coping mechanism that transformed the stress into growth. What I realized later was that it was a shift in perception that rescued my mind from the depths. After an introduction to Neuro-Linguistic Programming, I began to understand the destructive and healing powers of words and symbols. Ever since it has just been one deep dive into another just to understand what really goes on in this highly complex and energy sucking device that we carry around so nonchalantly. The human mind fascinates me intensely. However uniquely different we may seem from the outside, peel off a few of those layers and were all just the same.
Can you elaborate a little on what Neuro Linguistic Programming is and what you learned from it?
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in California in the 1970s. (wiki)
It has been hard for the discipline to gain formal recognition as it is still considered a pseudoscience. This is my belief of why and how this method of therapy works: Our need to communicate is an instinct and language is the tool. Our memories are a vault of encoded smells, sensations, and sounds as we experience the world as a result of our senses. The way we use and understand language determine our experiences too. Our memories and experiences are anchored to language in many ways. The best parable is the story of a fortune teller who was summoned by the king to tell him his future. “In a few years’ your entire family will be dead sire and you will be alone”. Said the teller. Aghast! the King ordered his execution. The following week he summoned another fortune teller. A wise one as known all over the Kingdom. He asked him the same question, “Tell me about my future oh Teller”. The wise fortune teller in a gentle and confident voice replied, “Sire you will outlive everybody in the kingdom and continue to spread the glory that you do”. The King was delighted and made him an integral part of the court. The same thing said differently sometimes can make all the difference
How did your project begin?
Since my first lesson in Art History it was very clear to me that art and its interpretation stand as a visual representation of the specific ‘time’ it was birthed. It is, therefore, a powerful medium to understanding the human state of mind and condition. I paint abstracts in my free time. I have noticed that as people watch the art, they try to make sense of its ambiguity and in turn, it is a cathartic and engaging process. After a long read about Rorschach my mind somehow connected the dots and presented this vague but interesting approach to understanding the mind. Abstract art has no barriers by means of race, ethnicity, class, language, culture and state of mind – making sense out of these abstract symbols have for years been known to help determine personality and mental state. By using art and the activity of finding meaning, the intention of the project is to connect people and enable conversations across the world to understand our complexities. Slowly revealing- that no matter what we see, or how we feel, we are never alone.
So after being exposed to art history and Rorschach, how did you come up with the idea to make a project based on these principles of abstract art?
I have no statistics to say this will heal people or heal. But my mind and my gut tell me if there is anything that can make people feel better, it’s connecting with each other. I would just like to provide all the reasons to. The idea literally just popped into my head while staring at my screen one day. With the way people participate in the project will influence its final output. Always hoping for the best.
How does your project raise awareness?
The belief is that people don’t just want to understand what is happening to them, but they also want to know what to do about it and that they are not alone. Hence the primary goal is not just awareness but to build a community that feels comfortable to engage with each other and talk about how they feel. Deciphering an Inkblot is a great way to start. I do not drive this, the people do. I just want them to know that this place is for each and every one of them. Express, Release, just be you.
Do you have any specific future plans or goals you hope to accomplish?
If people do feel motivated to participate we eventually would build this vault of data to understand how forms move us, why we chose the colors we do, how similarly we see things even though we live so differently. The intent is for this to go organically wherever it must.
How can people contribute?
Share an inkblot (firstname.lastname@example.org). Send us your inspiring story so we may feature it with an inkblot. And these inkblots will be used to start conversations with the community. Talk about how you feel. Be kind. Please be kind.
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