The silence on the floor of my house
Is all the questions and all the answers that have been known in the world
The sentimental furniture threatens the peace
The reflection of a sunset speaks loudly of days
I began writing this text with the naive intention of denouncing the diagnosis of schizophrenia of the minimalist artist Agnes Martin, a key figure in American abstract art during the second half of the twentieth century. Agnes was a person with rich and varied life experience, who embarked on her career late – in her mid‑30s, when she began her bachelor’s program at Teachers College, Columbia University. However, she quickly established herself as an artist of the new age. She herself defined her work as abstract expressionism, but her work can justifiably be perceived as minimalist and preceding the phenomenon of minimal art. She taught Art at the University of New Mexico and gave lectures at the University of Pennsylvania, where her professional guidance to students would go hand in hand with advice for personal growth.
In order to find out more about Agnes‘ mental state, along with her works of art, which I compared with those of other artists with the same illness, I looked at her collection of lectures, poems and thoughts “Agnes Martin: Writings”  – in my opinion, an in-depth study of the basic mental processes driving the perceptions of the individual (She does not pay attention to intimate behavior, which is the main object of study of Freudianism and Jungianism). In her silence, Agnes got to know her own essence, her revelations sounding like Buddhist parables. This was no coincidence, as at Columbia University she attended lectures by Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, a Japanese philosopher and psychologist who promoted Zen Buddhism. Joy, pride, fear, genius, humility, life, inspiration, dissatisfaction, possession, violence, reality were some of the categories that Agnes confidently discussed in her lectures.
Despite the interesting definitions and dependencies formulated by Agnes, probably strongly influenced by Buddhism, essential for this study is the question of whether this confidence in the knowledge of subjective reality is representative of a person suffering from schizophrenic disorder. A brief study of videos of patients with schizophrenia2 showed that, in general, victims of schizophrenic disorders are introverted individuals with experience in self-monitoring and, with appropriate treatment of the disease, many reach a high level of self-knowledge. According to Henry Martin, the author of “Agnes Martin: Pioneer, Painter, Icon”, it is not known when exactly Agnes Martin was diagnosed with schizophrenia, but there is evidence she got professional help in the early and late 60s, which led her to a sense of inner peace and artistic confidence right after . Suffering from hallucinations and memory loss enhanced by the electroshock treatment she received, Agnes fought daily to keep her sanity. In her lectures, she sets the code for achieving true freedom – by raising awareness of the deep-seated processes, she enables the listener to consistently eliminate the patterns of power and obedience inherent in the relationships we build with the world around us.