Artists Discuss How Psychedelics Influence Their Work, Denise Zubizarreta, δημοσίευση Hyperallergic [27/11/2022]Marilena Pateraki
What is reality? What lies beneath the surface level of our understanding of existence? Recently, the fight to unlock the healing powers of psychedelics has been brought back into political and medical discussions in multiple states and cities. Oregon became the first state to legalize “magic mushrooms” in 2020 and Colorado is following in their footsteps with the passing of Proposition 122. Psychedelics can impact our interpretation of human existence and can also unlock otherworldly visions and enlightening experiences which have been said to help with depression, creativity, anxiety, and PTSD, and offer solace in the overall questioning of the human condition.
Visual artists have shared their psychedelic inspirations for ages, and today creatives like Alex and Allyson Grey, Victor-Jesus Escobedo, Jake Holschuh, Android Jones, and David Normal have continued the practice of incorporating psychedelics into their creative quintessence. Though each artist explores this differently in their work, they all communicate a foundational understanding that there is more to reality than meets the eye.