“During a visit to my acupuncturist last year, I complained about a tension I felt in my jaw. He instructed me to massage it every day and to be conscious about grinding my teeth. He ended our visit speculating that 'there is something you are not saying.' That experience ignited the idea for this series and a deeper exploration into the mind/body connection.” — Rachel Levit Ruiz
Rachel Levit Ruiz (b. 1990) is a Mexican artist and illustrator based in Mexico City. Her figurative works, from black and white drawings to gouache paintings, examine the body and its relationship to the mind, to others, and to the physical world. In her most recent series, Body Language, Ruiz was inspired by her own interrogation of the mind/body connection. She responds to theories of health that suggest “physical well-being is independent from emotions and socio-political realities” by crafting a world in which different facets of the body speak for themselves. Ruiz’s work has been featured in The New York Times and The New Yorker.
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