“You must have rocks in your head if you think that you are going out with your friends dressed like that!” says your mom as you add more gel to your hair while pouring over every detail of your magnificence in the mirror. Honestly, your parents are so square.
“Rocks in your head” is an idiom meant to infer that someone is thoroughly stupid, crazy, absurd — and with world news combined with a firehose of entertainment and disinformation flooding you from every direction today, sometimes you wonder about the thoughts, emotions, and memories that you have to process inside your head just to remain “balanced”
That’s what artist Cristina Daura was thinking about when she created her new public art mural for the Contorno Urbano community mural program called 12+1 in Barcelona. She went to MICA in Baltimore for illustration, and spent a few years working in dead-end, unfulfilling jobs until she struck out on her own drawing comics and illustrating about things that interest her most for music and publishing clients.
“Her artwork plays with the mind, using primary colors in harsh, punk and somehow macabre illustrations, where decapitated or faceless people are often protagonists,” says Contorno Urbano in a recent email.
“As if it were an x-ray, the artist has represented a head full of things, thoughts, and emotions. On the one hand, the flowers symbolize the illusion and the deepest dreams of human beings. On the other, the rocks are destructive and cause a transformation.”