Ergonomics and Art. Introduction

The aim of this project is the integration of Health in the artistic field in the framework of healthy promotion and aging. Musculoskeletal disorders are the biggest work-related health problem in Europe and are largely caused by unfavorable habits and ignorance. The main body segments affected are upper extremity (elbow, shoulder, hand and wrist) and back (cervical, dorsal and lumbar areas). The problems are due to bad habits learned in childhood and difficult to rectify in adulthood, once integrated. For this reason, in 2009 I wrote an educational story in ergonomics that was published by the INSHT (Instituto Nacional de Seguridad e Higiene del Trabajo).

Ergonomics is the science that studies and promotes the adaptation of the environment to the individual. This is the project essence, interpreting in a plastic and visual way how unfavorable situations for the human body influence artistic practice.

Artistic expressions have been performed in situations of handling loads, repetitive movements, forced postures and even in unfavorable psychosocial situations and moments of urinary retention.

The subject is mostly abstract and mixed media has been used, with ink predominating on paper, …. The main references have been abstract plastic artists such as Antoni Tàpies and Kitty Sabatier, with their free and expressive strokes in drawing, but also the abstract textures and embossed works of Miquel Barceló. Mostly of this works are abstract but seek a compositional balance.

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