My work is an arena to both investigate and reconcile chronic mental and physical illness in family experience. I depict these difficult relationships through both household materials and personal narratives. In a world of surgical and diagnostic protocols the work is an attempt to juxtapose feelings of both trauma and restoration in that narrative of health. From piece to piece; fabric changes physical states, their wounds are opened and repaired by stitching.
In the process of making, I use quilting, fabric, and themes of domesticity to use as a metaphor for the tormenting and healing. Fabric’s original purpose is to cloth, embellish and protect. In my hands I tear, dissect, cut, and collage fabric to change its meaning. Fabric in this work invokes feelings of a lack of empathy, lies, deterioration and abuse. In doing this, I imply the loss of familiarity of a loved one.
There is not one definition of illness, nor is there one way to experience it. Through my narrative, I want to unveil those complexities of chronic illness through my process of creating and destroying. By doing this, I take back the power lost by chronic illness, social context, and the mechanics of the healthcare system.