Ancora Imparo by Silvana Chacon

Ancora Imparo by Silvana Chacon

Many artists and scientists have dealt with mental disorders and it is perhaps because of them not in spite of them that they succeeded. I firmly believe that we should embrace our differences, and learn to channel them and exploit them in such a way as to give rise to creative (both novel and useful) outputs. This painting is a close up of Michelangelo’s statue “David” , it is titled Ancora Imparo which translates to “I am still learning” which was quoted by Michelangelo in his later years. I chose him because having dealt with OCD myself I know what it is like to obsess over things and never be fully content with the result. Many argued he had Asperger’s syndrome, or high functioning autism. He was obsessed and consumed by the idea of achieving the perfect male human form. No one can deny he was immensely talented, but I am sure any artist would agree and understand that it was perhaps most importantly his perseverance which allowed him to reach such levels of perfection. As Michelangelo stated himself in his biography “If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.” Art and mental differences seem to go hand in hand; not only do different ways of thinking and seeing the world serve as an impetus for creative expression, but the creative output itself is a form of catharsis for the artist’s mind.

About The Artist

My name is Silvana Chacon and I am a third year Neuroscience student at Carleton University. I was born in Peru and moved to Canada when I was 11 years old. I have a keen interest in the world of art, since an early age I have always loved to draw but it was only recently that I discovered painting and fell in love with it. Periodically I experiment with photography, I am currently trying to learn to play the piano, and of course I love to read and can never have too many books. In the summer I love to go hiking and get lost in the mountains, and if money allows go bungee jumping or sky diving. I am currently training for my second half-marathon and hope to run a full one next summer. I love to travel and get wanderlust often, one of my life-long dreams is to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.

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