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The current ruling ontology denies any possibility of a social causation of mental illness. The chemico-biologization of mental illness is of course strictly commensurate with its depoliticization. Considering mental illness an individual chemico-biological problem has enormous benefits for capitalism. First, it reinforces Capital’s drive towards atomistic individualization (you are sick because of your brain chemistry). Second, it provides an enormously lucrative market in which multinational pharmaceutical companies can peddle their pharmaceuticals (we can cure you with our SSRIs). It goes without saying that all mental illnesses are neurologically instantiated, but this says nothing about their causation. If it is true, for instance, that depression is constituted by low serotonin levels, what still needs to be explained is why particular individuals have low levels of serotonin. This requires a social and political explanation; and the task of repoliticizing mental illness is an urgent one if the left wants to challenge capitalist realism.
—  Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher
The current ruling ontology denies any possibility of a social causation of mental illness. The chemico-biologization of mental illness is of course strictly commensurate with its depoliticization. Considering mental illness and individual chemicl-biological problem has enormous benefits for capitalism. First, it reinforces Capital’s drive towards atomistic individualization (you are sick because of your brain chemistry). Second, it provides an enormous lucrative market in which multinational pharmaceutical companies can peddle their pharmaceuticals (we can cure you with our SSRIs). It goes without saying that all mental illnesses are neurologically instantiated, but this says nothing about their causation. If it is true, for instance, that depression is constituted by low serotonin levels, what still needs to be explained is why particular individuals have low levels of serotonin. This requires a social and political explanation; and the task of repoliticizing mental illness is an urgent one if the left wants to challenge capitalist realism.
It does not seem fanciful to see parallels between the rising incidence of mental distress and new patterns of assessing workers’ performance.
—  Mark Fisher - Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?
Self Rec tag

“When you get tagged with this, reblog with your five or so favorite pieces and then tag five other artists”

Tagged by @ladywiltshire

I Will tag: @phantastus, @calangkoh, @nerieners, @haleyfandom19 and @holioc

Alright…here we go then.

1. “A Mother and her Cub”

Spring 2015, oil pastel. This was a project for my junior year art class where we had to take an image from a magazine and recreate it with oil pastels. I chose and image of a mother lion and her cub from a national geographic magizine which sadly I do not have for comparison. I’m really proud of how this turned out because it was one of my first attempts at true realism. The biggest challenge was getting the fur texture right, which I ended up using a scraper and my own nails for. You can’t tell from the resolution, but it ended up effecting the image a lot and I’m really proud of how it turned out.

2. Spring Rain

Spring 2016, water color and inking pen. This was something I did over spring break last year and is one that naver fails to cheer me up. It depicts two ocs of mine from a comic I was working on but is currently on indefinet hiatus called Game Kight. They hadn’t made it inot the series but they were planned to have a large role as the local vegitable and herb vendors and friends of the main character. They were a pair of brothers and are probably some of my favorite OC of mine. Also, yes, they are the ones currently featured in my icon.

3. Birds of a feather

Fall 2015, digital sketchbook express

Another project from my art class (where we were supposed to draw anthropormorphic animals) and my only piece to ever win an award. It wasthe first good peice I created with the program after i got it and it has been my main digital art medium ever since. The strange thing about this peice is that it was the only piece of mine that was accepted to the state competition when I had submitted other, objectively much better (yet not ones I actually like) pieces like this:

*shrugs* Go figure.

4. Plea of the Philosopher’s Stone

Summer 2016, scetchbook express. Sooo….yeah. Explainations are probably needed for this…so this was based on a conversation/pseudo RP I had with @kidsnextdoormoonbase824c of a fullmetal alchemist and steven universe crossover where the gems created a philosopher’s stone that could take on a light form like a gem…and it begged Ed to end its life…yeah it was a dark discussion. If it makes anyone feel any better, Philo (as she was dubbed) was not infact, shattered, and Ed helped her escape. Anyways, this was the first peice that I literally pulled an all nighter on to finish so I have a lot of sentimental attachment to it. Also, i’m really proud of how the folds in the fabric turned out.

5. Alchemy Lessons

February 2017, Sketchbook express. Probably my favorite piece of my big brother william au that I’ve posted so far. I have a lot that are much better than this, but I feel this one really captures the emotion of the whole au. The brothers having someone there for them to guid them, WIlliam/envy being happy and having a purpose in life, and just the over all theme of family. This was the piece I wanted to do since I first started thinking about this au and its one of the ones I’ve spent the most time on for it. In total it took me five hours to complete. I re drew the characters over and over until I was 100% satisfied. I ended up listening to the whole 2003 sound track several times (plus “With love, vincent” once or twice), particularly “brothers”. This is actually the image that comes to mind now when I hear that song. My only regret with this piece is it’s not quite as whimsical as It was in my head, and maybe one day when I have the time and talant, I can make it so.

6. Babysitting

Spring 2017, sketchbook express. 

I know this is more than five, but I don’t care. This was another one I put a lot of time and effort into. Actually, I did ligitimate research for this one to try and find fitting traditional cloathing for the girls. Their clothing is one of the things I’m probably the prdest of with this peice. I spent a lot of time creating patterns and designs for them as well as picking colors that would suit them. I’m also really proud of how the shadows turned out. This is probably my favorite piece for my guard dog au.

There is only one other piece that I’m more proud of than these, but I can’t show it here because I haven’t posted it yet. It’s a very big project that took me a full week to complete. It’s current working title is “Sunshine” and although it is tecnically complete (I still have a few things to tweek with it) I can’t post it until FMA au week in july. For now, all I can share is this preview I posted earlier:

Consider mental illnesses an individual chemico-biological problem has enormous benefits for capitalism. First, it reinforces Capital’s drive towards atomistic individualisation (you are sick because of your brain chemistry). Second, it provides an enormously lucrative market in which multinational pharmaceutical can peddle their pharmaceuticals (we can cure you with our SSRI’s). It goes without saying that all mental illnesses are neurologically instantiated, but this says nothing about their causation. If it is true, for instance, that depression is constituted by low serotonin levels, what still needs to be explained is why particular individuals have low levels of serotonin. This requires a social and political explanation; and the task of repoliticalising mental illness is an urgent one if the left wants to challenge capitalist realism.
—  Capitalism Realism - Mark Fisher
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Realism Challenge #4: Aluminum Foil by markcrilley

Shoutout to black and brown professors who tire endlessly to instill a sense of historical realism that challenges the whitewashed history taught to students their entire lives, have their jobs in constant jeopardy due to lack of funds for “ethnic studies”, are subjected to discriminatory ratings and constantly told they perpetuate division by liberals and who provide a safe haven and exert monumental effort to preserve pride in their black and brown students who deal with continuous microaggressions.

You all are heroes and deserve to be reminded so everyday.

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i give up on art 

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It’s just…I…I can’t do this!