Joan Miro's Surrealist Theory

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The surrealist Joan Miro inspired the artwork “A Body Out of this World”. Surrealist Theory was based on a simplistic understanding of the writings of Sigmund Freud for the use of visual artists. Sigmund Freud was the originator of psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis concentrated on the unconscious aspects of an individual's personality. According to the theory defense mechanisms are used by the ego to protect an individual from anxiety. Repression can occur, which is an unconscious mechanism that is employed by the ego to keep disturbing thoughts from becoming conscious. The thoughts are either disagreeable or undesirable and may cause anxiety. Moreover, a denial could occur, which is when a person blocks external events from awareness. On the contrary, identification involves empathizing with the qualities or characteristics of another favorable person (McLeod, 2013). Miro…show more content…
Shame results in feelings of wanting to either hide or change the things that do not meet external or internal standards. The standards are directly associated with the objectifying culture in the United States, which leads women to evaluate their bodies and everything they place in their mouth. Body shaming has been linked to disordered eating, which is a deadly disorder (Kite, 2013). Another obvious example of shaming occurs when a person looks into a mirror and doesn’t like what they see. There are many thoughts that go through women’s minds, such as “Why did I eat that ice cream?” “You eat too much comfort food,” and “I need to lose more weight?” these thoughts are often repressed, but they continue to resurface (Ross, 2012). I found it to be peculiar that “A Body Out of this World” was inspired by Joan Miro who created some of his artwork while having hunger-induced hallucinations (Class website, n.d.). Some women are in denial that they have an eating disorder because of new fads in today’s

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