Reflections 

 

‘Reflections’ is part of the Micro-provocations initiative commissioned by Architecture 00 and YMCA London.
With wellbeing as the central subject 12 artists were invited to create art interventions at the Central YMCA gym provoking people to think about wellbeing in a different way, acting as personal challenges that enable people to allow new ways of thinking.

Marrying illustrative art with one's positive self-reflections and well-being, London based artist Cristina Guitian effortlessly conveys her ideas on the subject. 

Guitian encourages people to think about their most heart-felt desires, their soul as well as their physical body. The images she developed try to focus on the other parts of the body one might neglect when thinking of well-being. Cristina's images and phrases incite the viewer to question many aspects of life and their vision of it. They provoke people to think while highlighting the soft and the tender. They are simple in execution, unpretentious but full of intention.

The images and phrases chosen came from Cristina's unconscious and life experience. Recently she feels more aware than ever of the importance of treating the body with respect and listening to it while caring for the soul and heart. 'Reflections' is also a celebration of every life, spiritedness, love and the infinite possibilities life brings.

 
When stuck, change perspectives! 

When stuck, change perspectives! 

Opening up is scary but always worth it. Falling down is just as important as winning in the lesson that is life.

Opening up is scary but always worth it. Falling down is just as important as winning in the lesson that is life.

Dreaming is free and always achievable if you put you mind to it.

Dreaming is free and always achievable if you put you mind to it.

Life is never black and white. Always think outside the box! 

Life is never black and white. Always think outside the box! 

Ideas are like flowers, they need nurturing to grow far

Ideas are like flowers, they need nurturing to grow far

Important life advice

Important life advice

Wash your worries away, focus on yourself instead!

Wash your worries away, focus on yourself instead!

It's nice to press pause and  enjoy the little things. 

It's nice to press pause and  enjoy the little things. 

Look beyond the physical world.

Look beyond the physical world.

"...In my illustrated interventions across the glass and mirror surfaces of the gym I combine poetic illustrations and text inviting the viewer to consider and reconsider issues about the heart, body, dreams and emotions. I chose mirrors as a direct way of accessing people’s subconscious, my images are viewed when someone is looking at their own reflection and often when they are in the middle of a workout or resting from it. Other pieces act as a surprise element in places where people are walking by, on glass surfaces in doors, windows and corridors. Some of the illustrations explore a unique concept in themselves, whilst others are be related, adding to the sense of discovery and playfulness."                              

   -Cristina Guitian 

 

 

To read more about 'Reflections' and more of the fantastic Cristina Guitian click here.