Artist Statement: Catharsis
When a physical malady plagues the body, it is often accompanied by emotional instability for those both directly and indirectly affected. Emotional disorders often arise in conjunction with physical disorders and may persist even after the corporeal ailment has been remedied. This series of work illustrates ways in which emotional turmoil, when experienced with enough ferocity, could be physically exhibited within the body.
Each piece consists of a book, whose text and imagery depict fabricated, but seemingly authentic, symptoms of emotional-turned-physical disorders. These books are accompanied by devices used to specifically treat each emotional ailment. This work seeks to recognize the emotional trauma that intrinsically occurs in conjunction with physical maladies. For when left unattended, these unresolved emotional disorders can prove as problematic as their physical counterparts.