“Life is no more substantial than a thread. A golden thread woven from the days when one understands that the need to quench one’s thirst will always be stronger than the pleasure of drinking. The need to stay alive will always be stronger than the joy of living.” - Maxence Fermine
Through this series of works, I am attempting to reflect on how we care for the ill, and how we chose through social barriers and structures to talk about illness and the discomfort these subjects bring. I started delving into the impact of illness on our vitality, quality of life and ability to experience our environment. Thinking specifically about the invisible imprisonment of the body by those suffering from chronic pain, illness, and isolation.
Through my own recent experience with illness, my interactions with doctors and nurses, and my observations of patients in hospital spaces, I want to reflect on the process of healing, but also our relationship with the ever silent and omnipresent subject: the inevitability of death.
So, I am tracing a few steps on the invisible path of those that disappear into the shadows and folds of ongoing medical treatment. I am visually attempting to explore the feeling of imprisonment in an ill body. I am responding to the current space in time through which we are navigating, the collateral damage of the impact of the current health crisis caused by the ongoing Covid Pandemic on patients with other maladies. I have created three distinct series of artworks, each becoming its own process of biopsy. This body of work is deeply personal, an exorcism of sorts.