I came across Mayet’s work, broken landscapes, whilst searching for images for essays about traumatic stress. Broken landscapes, gives voice to Jorge Mayet’s experience of living in exile, removed from his homeland, Cuba. It consists of floating landscapes, limbs and roots twisted and dangling, threads clinging tenuously to fragmented ground.
Mayet say about his work, “maybe subconsciously, I live like a tree pulled from its roots and in that way my installations are a metaphor for my life, but on a conscious level, I believe that we have to value each part of this Earth that belongs to us, because it is from she that we are able to live.”
The experience labelled traumatic stress is exile from self. It is common in therapeutic work for people to use imagery similar to Mayet’s to describe how they feel - sometimes trees, sometimes bulbs, roots dangling disconnected from the ground below, wanting to reconnect but not knowing how to and feeling it is unsafe to do so.