When emotions are the fuel we invoke to inspire, move and create, mis/managing that force can create some very real and personal costs for using our feelings as fuel. The EMOTIONAL LABOR project looks at the highly charged and often romanticized emotional process and product of individuals, artists and activists functioning in expressive fields.
How we assign value and worth to our creative product often begins and ends with how we value the self.
The madness/genius connection dates back to the times of Aristotle. Mental/emotional health is sometimes dismissed as passion and dedication to your craft or movement, and with lack of access to healthcare or community resources, those issues can magnify. The EMOTIONAL LABOR project propels the dialogue and provides a platform and resource towards individual and community health-enhancing efforts.