I use my personal experience with chronic migraines and headaches to create work that speaks to larger issues of pain, isolation, mental health, and chronic illness. Using materials such as clay, video, treatment-related documents, and other medical objects I illuminate social and livelihood impacts of a chronic illness (unemployment, deterioration of friendships, dependence on others) and expound upon the sensory experiences (changes in vision, hearing, dizziness, the location and texture of pain) that occur with migraines. I strive to inform my audience and to raise awareness of disorders that are not readily visible to the outside observer.
Chronic illnesses create a vicious cycle: pain, unemployment, and expensive medical treatments. With over 30 million people affected by migraines alone, a dialogue needs to be established, stigmas removed.
My work creates a narrative to reveal the far-reaching effects of these disorders. By exploring these social, environmental, and sensory impacts of chronic headaches, migraines, and their treatments, I strive to break stigmas and to engage in a conversation about the effects of these disorders.