May 15, 2020
Alyssa Cypher - Co-opt
Alyssa Cypher - Co-opt
photography, paper, thread, and Aida cloth
[Image Description: photograph of an artistic collage on a vibrant red canvas with a white border. On the left side of the collage, there is a textural paper collage of different patterns and colors. Some parts of the collage spill off the left side of the canvas. There is a piece of soft green and light green paper ripped on all edges, overlapped with rows of fuzzy green lines against a dark green background. On top of this image, there is a light green, patchy, moss-like, vibrant green and pink image. Above this, dark water ripples with a slight pinkish hue. In the center, pink petals in water. In the middle of the canvas, there is an arm, cut off at the elbow, holding a pen. There is cross-stitched text in the arm in different colors of thread and fonts. “crazy” in gray-green blocky font. “oppression” in burnt orange computer-like font. “rebel” in dark grey computer-like font. “madnes” in part light gray and part dark gray block font. “collective” in burnt orange computer-like font with the word “organize” on top of it in dark gray. “Neurodivergent” in light gray, computer-like font. “trauma” in dark gray, computer-like font. The word “trauma” has a piece of thread coming off of the letter “a,” which leads to the top of the pen the hand is holding. The thread continues down and out of the tip of the pen, connecting to a piece of Aida cloth with cross-stitched text: “mutual aid / indicates / a failure / of credit / of equity / of visibility / of resources / of institutions / of consideration / of systems /who is well here / survival / clawing through / crafted eugenics / systems failure.” The word “oppression” has a piece of thread coming off of the letter “p,” which leads to the top of a black pen. The thread continues out of the tip of the pen, connecting to a piece of paper with text, stylized in bold capital letters with no spaces in between the words: “mutual aid: a new term / ,discovered / provide for yourself / where we have failed you.” The word “madnes” has a piece of thread coming off of the end of the incomplete word, which leads to the top of a pen with a faint logo on it. The thread continues out of the tip of the pen, connecting to a piece of paper with text, stylized in bold capital letters with no spaces in between the words: “watch the mental health consumer / take what they’ve already done / but do it with money + normals.”]
About the Artist
Alyssa Cypher is a radical mental health community organizer, activist, writer, and storyteller.
You can find her at alyssaecypher.com or on Instagram @lyss_cypher