“Neuromantic” is a personal investigation where I combine neuroscience, psychoanalysis, mixed media, and anonymously sourced data to detect the source of my codependence.

I learned about intergenerational trauma and epigenetics through the work of neuroscientists Bianca Jones Marlin and Thiago Arzua. I realized my recurring infatuations were a way to dissociate from reality and cope with my overwhelming anxiety, which had been present in my family for generations. I collaborated with Queer couples in long-term fulfilling relationships and collected intimate anonymous insights from strangers in New York. Experimenting with light, color, and mixed media became my method to uncover my unconscious, collaborate with others, and reconnect with my true self.

“Neuromantic” is a space for self-inquiry. It addresses the isolation in our patriarchal and hyper-consumerist society. It’s an invitation to let go of the shame and pain within to bring more self-awareness, communication, and compassion to our intimate dynamics, which are an essential element of our well-being.

Bio: Ana Vallejo is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary visual artist from Colombia. Vallejo’s practice researches how neglect and trauma affect emotion regulation, mental health, self-worth, and relationships, as well as, how epigenetics and transgenerational trauma affect family systems.
She delves into the psyche, memory, emotions, and the unconscious through research, collaborations, and color. Vallejo is particularly interested in approaching marginalized psychological states with a fresh perspective, acknowledging that these are often excluded and stigmatized by society, serving as repositories of the unprocessed aspects of the collective self. Vallejo believes art is a catalyst to transcend challenging experiences.
Her work has been exhibited in the PH Museum Festival and Foam Photography Museum in Amsterdam, among others.