Mania As A Slice Of Happiness

Michael Pytell:  Me, art, and why mental illness consumes 99.9% of my life. 

I have suffered from the soaring highs and crushing lows of Bipolar Disorder since childhood.  Now matter how bad it gets my artwork and music gives me the motivation to push through; they are my therapy.  Art is the outward expression of the daily neurotransmitter vomit that plagues my mind. My creations are mixed media paper collages made up of recycled LIFE magazines spanning from the 1940's to the late1970's. Each cut out represents a slice of happiness I am able to create in my life.

Living with bipolar is tremendously draining. The forces within the body constantly pushing and pulling, the high speed racing thoughts, and the intense anxiety that one has to overcome on a daily basis. It is truly a wonder how anything productive can even get accomplished living a life like this. 

Wondering About The Wandering by Michael Pytell Wondering About The Wandering is about trying to live my life on the outside; to not let my inner being takeover my sense of reality. It is about learning how to manifest a balanced life that portrays both the observer and the participant. When I feel as low as the ground beneath me, I take two steps back and observe the unfavorable mess that weighs me down. Although stepping outside of your head is easier said than done, this collage is a reminder to me that it can be accomplished, and that inspiration shall follow. 

Wondering About The Wandering by Michael Pytell

Wondering About The Wandering is about trying to live my life on the outside; to not let my inner being takeover my sense of reality. It is about learning how to manifest a balanced life that portrays both the observer and the participant. When I feel as low as the ground beneath me, I take two steps back and observe the unfavorable mess that weighs me down. Although stepping outside of your head is easier said than done, this collage is a reminder to me that it can be accomplished, and that inspiration shall follow. 

Collide by Michael Pytell Drenched in upbeat energy I felt like I could lift the house over my wife's head and toss it a mile away. It was almost as if I were wearing glasses that made everything sharper and full of color.   While mania is such a complex experience it feels like happiness in its simplest form.  Or rather fake happiness, as I like to call it.  I have experienced manic episodes on and off for my entire life and felt it was time to extract it from my brain and put it on canvas.  Collide reflects the height of emotion one can achieve without the persuasion of stimulation.  It bears the same bright and colorful feelings that will inevitably make the transition to devastation and suffering.

Collide by Michael Pytell

Drenched in upbeat energy I felt like I could lift the house over my wife's head and toss it a mile away. It was almost as if I were wearing glasses that made everything sharper and full of color.   While mania is such a complex experience it feels like happiness in its simplest form.  Or rather fake happiness, as I like to call it.  I have experienced manic episodes on and off for my entire life and felt it was time to extract it from my brain and put it on canvas.  Collide reflects the height of emotion one can achieve without the persuasion of stimulation.  It bears the same bright and colorful feelings that will inevitably make the transition to devastation and suffering.

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