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Art photo of artist photographer christa maria sitting in the lava mountains of the volcanic island of Lanzarote by artist Klaus Laubmayer.

Crouching Wolf

Cognitive Shifting

transforming and reshaping a person’s cognition

Portait of artist photographer christa maria on the volcanic island of lanzarote photographed by artist Klaus Laubmayer.

Christa Maria - Artist

the voice

christa maria suffered for 16 years from the eating disorder bulimia and anorexia nervosa, which is a mental health problem not a lifestyle choice. It begins with overwhelming feelings of low self-esteem, fear, guilt, shame, loneliness, and anxiety. Interestingly, these are the same psychological symptoms of trauma, abuse, and neglect. a preoccupation with food is an attempt to numb all those feelings.

 

the psychological and physical consequences of bulimia ultimately alter the person’s emotional health, driving individuals to become extremely impulsive and irrational in their thoughts and behaviors.

 

christa maria's self-awareness, self-love, talents, empathy, and compassion were in cold storage from the age of 13 years.

 

i met christa Maria at the age of 29 in 2001 and quickly recognized her extraordinary potential, but also her inadequate education and social skills. she wanted to shift, but was certain nothing can safe her.

 

“Art is a wound turned into light.

~ Georges Braque

discovering a person's essence

the focus

why do humans cling to thoughts, opinions, and habitual behaviors with such force after they are formed? do they may protect us, keep us safe, literally, help us survive? the more threatened we feel, the more we circle the wagons of our behaviors and opinions to keep ourselves sheltered. what if we live with an “accidental identity” rather than a true sense of who we are? how can we challenge a prescribed sense of identity, peel back layers, and find out who we really are?

 

To move the habitual needle even a little, is a tough, process oriented challenge, and the least effective change strategies hinge on fear, guilt, shame, and inferiority.

 

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” ~ Martin Luther King,Jr.

 

 

 

photographic works about a process of actualizing one’s potentialities

the photographs

christa maria’s journey serves as the impulse for the photographic works. feelings and emotions are transformed into allegorical images.

 

 

Art photo of artist christa maria walking in the lava mountain on the volcanic island lanzarote by artist photographer Klaus Laubmayer.

Solitude

 

baustelle. two stages used for eight photographic works about recovery

the stages

Stage I & Stage II will be used for multiple scenes, from progressing to mindfulness, self-awareness, and self-care.

 

The response of Body shaming, Bullying, Gender discrimination, observing violence, and sexual abuse generated uncontrollable inner feelings and self-destruction.

 

In order to heal, pain must simply be understood.

 

Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, construction side lanzarote used as a stage for multiple art photo scenes.

Baustelle, Stage I

Artist Klaus Laubmayer,Project Cognitive shifting, clouded day, large concrete floor used for art photos stage III.

Baustelle, stage II

the process

one step leads to another, with pauses in between to resolve

over the years working with christa maria she shifted different aspects of her being; intellectual, physical, relational, and emotional. she learned healthy boundaries, honoring her heart, and recognizing her authentic-self. She healed and developed. eventually, she came to believe that she has value to offer. she became present in the world as a woman.

 

“To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.”

~ Socrates

 

Performing artist christa maria in the warrior pose, black beach at the volcanic island of Lanzarote photographed by Klaus Laubmayer.

Liberty

the platform

an art exhibition

the works is intended to appear as an art exhibition. a book of christa maria’s journey is in development.

 

 

the artist

a creative partnership with christa maria

artist and photographer klaus laubmayer

a german born  photographer, installation and  video  artist has been based in new York city until 2004. his works encompasses theatrical installation, conceptual art, portraiture, beauty and fashion photography and includes the ny times, time magazine, vogue, stern, karl lagerfeld, christian lacroix, comme des garcons, ullstein, rizzolli, simon & schuster, among others.

 

 

Art photo of artist photographer christa maria sitting in the lava mountains of the volcanic island of Lanzarote by artist Klaus Laubmayer.
Portait of artist photographer christa maria on the volcanic island of lanzarote photographed by artist Klaus Laubmayer.
Art photo of artist christa maria walking in the lava mountain on the volcanic island lanzarote by artist photographer Klaus Laubmayer.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, construction side lanzarote used as a stage for multiple art photo scenes.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer,Project Cognitive shifting, clouded day, large concrete floor used for art photos stage III.
Performing artist christa maria in the warrior pose, black beach at the volcanic island of Lanzarote photographed by Klaus Laubmayer.
Art photo of artist photographer christa maria sitting in the lava mountains of the volcanic island of Lanzarote by artist Klaus Laubmayer.
Portait of artist photographer christa maria on the volcanic island of lanzarote photographed by artist Klaus Laubmayer.
Art photo of artist christa maria walking in the lava mountain on the volcanic island lanzarote by artist photographer Klaus Laubmayer.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, construction side lanzarote used as a stage for multiple art photo scenes.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer,Project Cognitive shifting, clouded day, large concrete floor used for art photos stage III.
Performing artist christa maria in the warrior pose, black beach at the volcanic island of Lanzarote photographed by Klaus Laubmayer.
Art photo of artist photographer christa maria sitting in the lava mountains of the volcanic island of Lanzarote by artist Klaus Laubmayer.
Portait of artist photographer christa maria on the volcanic island of lanzarote photographed by artist Klaus Laubmayer.
Art photo of artist christa maria walking in the lava mountain on the volcanic island lanzarote by artist photographer Klaus Laubmayer.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, construction side lanzarote used as a stage for multiple art photo scenes.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer,Project Cognitive shifting, clouded day, large concrete floor used for art photos stage III.
Performing artist christa maria in the warrior pose, black beach at the volcanic island of Lanzarote photographed by Klaus Laubmayer.
Art photo of artist photographer christa maria sitting in the lava mountains of the volcanic island of Lanzarote by artist Klaus Laubmayer.
Portait of artist photographer christa maria on the volcanic island of lanzarote photographed by artist Klaus Laubmayer.
Art photo of artist christa maria walking in the lava mountain on the volcanic island lanzarote by artist photographer Klaus Laubmayer.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, construction side lanzarote used as a stage for multiple art photo scenes.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer,Project Cognitive shifting, clouded day, large concrete floor used for art photos stage III.
Performing artist christa maria in the warrior pose, black beach at the volcanic island of Lanzarote photographed by Klaus Laubmayer.
Art photo of artist photographer christa maria sitting in the lava mountains of the volcanic island of Lanzarote by artist Klaus Laubmayer.
Portait of artist photographer christa maria on the volcanic island of lanzarote photographed by artist Klaus Laubmayer.
Art photo of artist christa maria walking in the lava mountain on the volcanic island lanzarote by artist photographer Klaus Laubmayer.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, construction side lanzarote used as a stage for multiple art photo scenes.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer,Project Cognitive shifting, clouded day, large concrete floor used for art photos stage III.
Performing artist christa maria in the warrior pose, black beach at the volcanic island of Lanzarote photographed by Klaus Laubmayer.
Art photo of artist photographer christa maria sitting in the lava mountains of the volcanic island of Lanzarote by artist Klaus Laubmayer.
Portait of artist photographer christa maria on the volcanic island of lanzarote photographed by artist Klaus Laubmayer.
Art photo of artist christa maria walking in the lava mountain on the volcanic island lanzarote by artist photographer Klaus Laubmayer.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, construction side lanzarote used as a stage for multiple art photo scenes.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer,Project Cognitive shifting, clouded day, large concrete floor used for art photos stage III.
Performing artist christa maria in the warrior pose, black beach at the volcanic island of Lanzarote photographed by Klaus Laubmayer.
Art photo of artist photographer christa maria sitting in the lava mountains of the volcanic island of Lanzarote by artist Klaus Laubmayer.
Portait of artist photographer christa maria on the volcanic island of lanzarote photographed by artist Klaus Laubmayer.
Art photo of artist christa maria walking in the lava mountain on the volcanic island lanzarote by artist photographer Klaus Laubmayer.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, construction side lanzarote used as a stage for multiple art photo scenes.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer,Project Cognitive shifting, clouded day, large concrete floor used for art photos stage III.
Performing artist christa maria in the warrior pose, black beach at the volcanic island of Lanzarote photographed by Klaus Laubmayer.
Art photo of artist photographer christa maria sitting in the lava mountains of the volcanic island of Lanzarote by artist Klaus Laubmayer.
Portait of artist photographer christa maria on the volcanic island of lanzarote photographed by artist Klaus Laubmayer.
Art photo of artist christa maria walking in the lava mountain on the volcanic island lanzarote by artist photographer Klaus Laubmayer.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, construction side lanzarote used as a stage for multiple art photo scenes.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer,Project Cognitive shifting, clouded day, large concrete floor used for art photos stage III.
Performing artist christa maria in the warrior pose, black beach at the volcanic island of Lanzarote photographed by Klaus Laubmayer.