The Book of Forbidden Feelings is a mixture of genuine and unapologetic feelings, thoughts, and emotions through text and drawing medium. Where good and bad, happiness and sadness, positivity and negativity, black and white standing side by side and befriend with each other. Not necessarily pessimistic or optimistic, and sometimes speaking not in a crystal clear manner but hopefully something you can relate to.
The Book of Forbidden Feelings is an antidote for a high raise voice set by modern life ambition, pursuit for a successful life, interesting social schedule, physical appearance, high consumerism, perfection, social media obsession, perfect contour, exotic holiday, muscle obsession, over optimistic culture, double standards, perfect selfies, overconsumption, and anything that matters only on the surface but slowly start to define how a person should feel and think.
The Book of Forbidden Feelings celebrate a voice that speaks in oppositional ideas: it’s ok to be sad, the importance of solitude, that procrastination is not a sin, dirty little secrets, glorious occasionally junk food session, it’s ok to say “No” to a social function, healing your soul may take a long time, what happen behind the closed door, happiness is a journey not a destination, you won’t always sure with your decision and emotion, and mundane life is a beautiful thing.
True freedom came when fear is understood and overcame. True understanding came when we comprehend the inter-feeding relation between good and bad. Blooming beautiful roses need dirt to grow, and dirt need compost made of garbage, decaying material, which initially may come from the beautiful roses that died. With that understanding, can we say, which one is bad and which one is good? Which one is better and which one is less? The same with emptiness and fulfillment, with letting go and keeping up, with positive and negative, with black and white, as her drawings portrays. ~Mia Maria for The Book of Forbidden Feelings.
Book image edited by David Irianto