Frailty and Beauty / Nature and Mental Health

Year: 2023
Solo exhibition.
Anthological exhibition of glass sculptures by artist Mario Valdés held at the Illustrious Official College of Physicians of Madrid during the months of September and October 2023.

Dear colleague,

Welcome to this sculpture exhibition that highlights the close relationship between mental health and the health of the planet: «Frailty and Beauty: Nature and Mental Health.» As a physician and artist, I have sought to explore how these two spheres intertwine and mutually influence our daily lives.

As a species, our connection to nature has a profound impact on our mental health. As we go about our daily lives, we often overlook the fact that we are an integral part of an interconnected ecosystem. Nature speaks to us in many ways, providing moments of tranquility, helping us find peace, and inviting us to reflect on our existence.

We are witnessing a global environmental catastrophe, largely caused by what we call progress, and the planet we share is facing new challenges and responding to these stimuli. These have a direct impact on our mental health. Concern for the future of the planet, the loss of connection to nature, and a sense of helplessness in the face of these challenges generate anxiety, stress, and despair in our lives.

It is in this context that I have created the exhibition «Frailty and Beauty: Nature and Mental Health.» Through my glass sculptures, I aim to illustrate the delicate relationship between our mental health and the health of the planet. Glass, with its intrinsic fragility, represents our own vulnerability and the fragility of the surrounding nature.

Each carefully and dedicatedly crafted glass piece symbolizes a call to action. By contemplating these sculptures, we are invited to reflect on our role in protecting the environment and how our individual actions can make a difference. By healing our connection with nature, we can also find healing in our own mental health.

I encourage you to join this transformative experience, where we can explore the intersection between human frailty and the fragility of the planet. Together, we can work towards a future in which nature and humans coexist in harmony, protecting both our mental health and the environment that sustains us.

Exhibition Curator Juan Carlos Moya