Hold me (if only)
Over the past year, I have been working in the adult mental health sector. Many of the people I met had a history of psychosis and led socially withdrawn lives, often accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and despair.
Psychosis can be thought to originate from difficulties in early infant-mother interactions. If mum is repeatedly unable to bear and contain her child’s distress, a cycle may begin where the child cannot internalise a sense of control over their own emotions. This may later create a vulnerability to psychosis in adulthood.
In this piece, the cycle has begun.
The Wallflowers (2016)
Ceramics, paper and wood
Afternoon Melodies (2016)
Life’s A Beach (2016)
Evelyn Pelayo is a London based artist working in ceramics, embroidery and collage. She studied Material Art and Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto, Canada before moving on to work in Spain, Argentina and now the UK.
Her practice is heavily steeped in narrative, working primarily with human figures. By focussing on expression and gesture, she investigates and explores aspects of the human condition, inviting viewers to question their own roles and relationships.