Endometriosis is a debilitating disease affecting 1 in 10 women, where cells similar to (but not the same as) the endometrial cells that line the uterus, grow in other areas of the body. In severe cases, these cells grow in & around multiple areas including: the bowel, bladder, ovaries, uterus, liver, lungs, brain, nerves and spine (among other areas), sometimes fusing other organs together, causing crippling pain, nausea, vomiting & nerve pain in the back & legs.
Most women with endometriosis begin having symptoms from their first period. On average, it takes 7-10-years for a woman to be diagnosed, from first presentation of symptoms to a doctor. There is an astounding lack of eduction on this disease in both the medical profession & in the general public about the impact that this condition has on women (and in rare cases in men). Endometriosis has a devastating impact not only on sufferers physical health, but also their mental health, education, employment & relationships.
I believe it is important to all people suffering with endometriosis that both the medical profession & the general public are made aware of the true impact of this disease on sufferers lives, & it’s subsequent impact on the economy due to lost productivity in education & employment, & relationship breakdowns.
I had planned to commence this project in 2018, however was unable to, ironically, due to being incapacitated with endometriosis. I will be commencing this project in March 2020 and holding the exhibition in April.
20% of proceeds from exhibition sales will be donated to QENDO & Endometriosis Australia (split equally), and I will also be creating an illustrated exhibition catalogue with interviews and the stories of the women painted in the portraits.
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THE RESIDENCY PROJECT - CREATE OR DIE
In November 2016 I was awarded a studio art residency at Create or Die Studios, Marrickville in Sydney, Australia. On 5th December 2016 I began work as part of the Residency Project at Create or Die. My work during this residency is focused on exploring the scientific underpinnings of love as a habit forming biological drive, and the maladaption of love as addiction, rather than a psychological emotional state and includes investigating the neurobiological processes associated with falling in love, and the physiological withdrawal process of heartbreak.
An exploration of feminine compartmentalization for cultural acceptance. The work takes portraits of strong, independent, inspirational women who are personally influential to the artist, and dissects them, as one would an animal or cadaver in a science or pathology lab. Just as society does to such women, rather than accepting them as a whole person with complexity in personality, emotion, intelligence, autonomy, creativity, beauty and goals. They
are presented as dissected shapes and objects, with each small component lacking complexity,however through the dissection process itself, evolve in individual and collected convolution. Becoming more complex and gaining strength by the examination process itself, thus baring similarities to the rise of fourth wave feminism.