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Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, photo of christa maria in crouching wolf position, windy lava

Crouching Wolf Position, 2006-2017

Cognitive Shifting

transforming and reshaping a person’s cognition

Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, portrait of artist christa maria in lava landscape lanzarote.

the voice

christa maria suffered for 16 years from the eating disorder bulimia and anorexia nervosa, which is a mental illness, 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 and drive individuals to become extremely impulsive and irrational in their thoughts and behaviors.

 

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

 

I met christa maria 2001, when she was 29 years old, and i quickly acknowledged her exceptional potential, but also her substandard education and social skills. she wanted to shift, but was certain nothing can safe her.

 

“Art is a wound turned into light.” ~ Georges Braque

Christa Maria

discovering a person's essence

the focus

Why do we cling to our habitual behaviors and opinions so tenaciously 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.

 

 

Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, photo of artist christa maria walking in rocky lava landscape lanzarote.

Solitude, 2006-2017

“The quiter you become, the more you can hear." ~ Ram Dass

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, photo, construction side lanzarote, used as stage for multiple scene.

Baustelle, Stage I

Artist Klaus Laubmayer,Project Cognitive shifting, photo, christa maria walking, lanzarote, clouded day, large concrete floor used for 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

 

Christa Maria on black Beach, Lanzarote in warrior 1 pose symbolising liberty. Art photograph for Project Cognitive Shifting by Klaus Laubmayer.

Liberty, 2006-2017

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.

 

klaus Laubmayer currently lives and works at his birthplace duesseldorf.

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Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, photo of christa maria in crouching wolf position, windy lava
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, portrait of artist christa maria in lava landscape lanzarote.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, photo of artist christa maria walking in rocky lava landscape lanzarote.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, photo, construction side lanzarote, used as stage for multiple scene.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer,Project Cognitive shifting, photo, christa maria walking, lanzarote, clouded day, large concrete floor used for stage III
Christa Maria on black Beach, Lanzarote in warrior 1 pose symbolising liberty. Art photograph for Project Cognitive Shifting by Klaus Laubmayer.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, photo of christa maria in crouching wolf position, windy lava
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, portrait of artist christa maria in lava landscape lanzarote.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, photo of artist christa maria walking in rocky lava landscape lanzarote.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, photo, construction side lanzarote, used as stage for multiple scene.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer,Project Cognitive shifting, photo, christa maria walking, lanzarote, clouded day, large concrete floor used for stage III
Christa Maria on black Beach, Lanzarote in warrior 1 pose symbolising liberty. Art photograph for Project Cognitive Shifting by Klaus Laubmayer.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, photo of christa maria in crouching wolf position, windy lava
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, portrait of artist christa maria in lava landscape lanzarote.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, photo of artist christa maria walking in rocky lava landscape lanzarote.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, photo, construction side lanzarote, used as stage for multiple scene.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer,Project Cognitive shifting, photo, christa maria walking, lanzarote, clouded day, large concrete floor used for stage III
Christa Maria on black Beach, Lanzarote in warrior 1 pose symbolising liberty. Art photograph for Project Cognitive Shifting by Klaus Laubmayer.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, photo of christa maria in crouching wolf position, windy lava
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, portrait of artist christa maria in lava landscape lanzarote.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, photo of artist christa maria walking in rocky lava landscape lanzarote.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, photo, construction side lanzarote, used as stage for multiple scene.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer,Project Cognitive shifting, photo, christa maria walking, lanzarote, clouded day, large concrete floor used for stage III
Christa Maria on black Beach, Lanzarote in warrior 1 pose symbolising liberty. Art photograph for Project Cognitive Shifting by Klaus Laubmayer.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, photo of christa maria in crouching wolf position, windy lava
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, portrait of artist christa maria in lava landscape lanzarote.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, photo of artist christa maria walking in rocky lava landscape lanzarote.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, photo, construction side lanzarote, used as stage for multiple scene.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer,Project Cognitive shifting, photo, christa maria walking, lanzarote, clouded day, large concrete floor used for stage III
Christa Maria on black Beach, Lanzarote in warrior 1 pose symbolising liberty. Art photograph for Project Cognitive Shifting by Klaus Laubmayer.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, photo of christa maria in crouching wolf position, windy lava
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, portrait of artist christa maria in lava landscape lanzarote.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, photo of artist christa maria walking in rocky lava landscape lanzarote.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, photo, construction side lanzarote, used as stage for multiple scene.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer,Project Cognitive shifting, photo, christa maria walking, lanzarote, clouded day, large concrete floor used for stage III
Christa Maria on black Beach, Lanzarote in warrior 1 pose symbolising liberty. Art photograph for Project Cognitive Shifting by Klaus Laubmayer.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, photo of christa maria in crouching wolf position, windy lava
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, portrait of artist christa maria in lava landscape lanzarote.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, photo of artist christa maria walking in rocky lava landscape lanzarote.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer, Project Cognitive Shifting, photo, construction side lanzarote, used as stage for multiple scene.
Artist Klaus Laubmayer,Project Cognitive shifting, photo, christa maria walking, lanzarote, clouded day, large concrete floor used for stage III
Christa Maria on black Beach, Lanzarote in warrior 1 pose symbolising liberty. Art photograph for Project Cognitive Shifting by Klaus Laubmayer.