Monsters At The Asylum

March 2014. Photo by me.

This mural was painted in 2012 as part of Living Walls and was painted by the artist Fefe Talavera. Fefe Talavera is known for painting monsters in her native Brazil and for her it is a cathartic experience. She said in an interview, "the monsters are a way of exorcising my feelings, my angers, my sadness, my ignorance, my fear...it is the only method by which I succeed in expressing my rage, at life, my fury."  


March 2014. Photo by me.

I love the red, black, and white colors she chose to use on the side of the Asylum building on Flat Shoals Avenue in the East Atlanta Village. Unfortunately I couldn't get a closer look at the mural because it is behind a chain link fence and peeking through the wire mesh kind of takes away from the beauty of the work on the side of the wall. Or I suppose you could interpret it as the monsters are locked away kind of like animals at the zoo? In the monster on the right I notice the face of a human lurking behind the shapes of the monster. It makes me think of what the artist said about exorcising her inner monster through her work.

This mural is one of several in the East Atlanta Village so take a stroll around and take in all the free public art awaiting you.