Federico Babina’s latest arch-illustration series interprets mental disorders through architecture. In this article, Federico describes his work in his own words:


“Art is order, made out of the chaos of life.” – Saul Bellow

Through this series of images I wanted to make an illustrated reflection on the relationship between creativeness and psychopathology. I believe that the psychic uneasiness even if not in a pathological form it is present in various forms and in small quantities in each of us, it belongs to our lives and we must not stigmatize it.

Sooner or later every of us draws near to the uneasiness and the suffering derived by psychic pathologies and then realizes the stereotypes and the prejudices that wind this world.

The pain can be in some cases a chance to come in contact and approach aspects of the real “Me” that otherwise would remain unknown.The history is full of painters, musicians, sculptural, poets, writers and architects that are considered geniuses and that suffered from some psychic or mental disorder.

Telling this I don’t want to put romantic aura around the discomfort and suffering of mental illness but rather to make a reflection on the prejudices and negative stigma with which the pathologies of the mind are often observed. Numerous studies on the creativeness underline the importance of the experience of the mental illness for the development of those imaginative attitudes and innovation that are characteristic of the creative production.



In the Problem XXX, Aristotle associates the melancholy temperament to the ingeniousness, where melancholy was one of the most serious mental illness known, and that today is classified among the troubles of the humor, being included in the depressive syndrome and in the maniac-depressive psychosis.

In this series of images I make an abstract exercise of translation from a language to another, from the architecture of the mind to an illustrated architecture. It is quite true that architecture and the spaces that we live in influence our behavior and the psychopathology: who plans spaces it plans attitudes, behaviors and emotional multi-sensorial experiences.

In the same way the design of spaces is certainly influenced by large and small physical and mental disease or disorders of its creators.