Living With Chronic Pain Blog
I decided to slip-trail the connective tissue design that will be also screen printed on the fabric accompanying the figure. I chose to paint the design in places that I feel pain, or how pain radiates in my body from the central abdominal point. I keep thinking about the overwhelming chronic pain that can quickly take over the body.
This piece will go along with the figure bust I posted about in the last post. I will be roughing up the surface of the pelvis with slip and a shurform.
These are the most recent prints I made on black and red fabric. This will go along with one of my clay figure pieces. The imagery is from intestine cells.
My intention for this piece is to express my disgust, uncomfortable, and upset feelings around my chronic pain during the pandemic. This bust will have a stuffed pillow-like object between the hallow torso. The pillow will (hopefully) be created out of handmade, screen printed fabrics, which I'm working on in my printmaking class.
Lil Monster: A Chronic Pain Visualization
This sculpture came from an E-Book called Recipes for Conceptual Clay. I chose the assignment Gaining Visibility, where one is supposed to create a visual representation of any invisible process. I decided to create a visual representation of my chronic pain. After deciding this, I realized that I never made the actual pain itself in clay. I had only created figures in pain or dealing with pain, like myself. I felt like this was a small breakthrough that could lead to something to add in my figurative work. I’ve been adding decorative elements on the surface to represent tissue cells and other microscopic organisms that occur inside the body. The sculpture also features “imbedded” spikes that seem to break through these cells. I eventually hope to make the viewer uncomfortable and unsettled by these sculptures as I do with my own pain.
In its most specific sense, "totem" refers to to an emblematic depiction of something (such as an animal, plant, or supernatural being) gives a family or tribe its name and that often serves as a reminder of its ancestry. The term is also used broadly for any thing or person having particular emblematic or symbolic importance.
This art piece focuses on the specifics of my illness: my hypermobile body. It is the key quality that doctors and medical professionals judge, quantify, and prove my diagnosis. In this artwork, I have used my hypermobile limbs to create a clay mold as a stand-alone object that “proves” my disability. These fired clay pieces remove the invisible aspects of my illness and provide a tangible object that will stay around for thousands of years. The permanence of clay and the totems that came out of this piece actively opposes the modern ideas that disabled lives can be “fixed” through eugenic technology. I am here to say that disabled lives are valuable, futuristic, and an important part of the culture at large.
Alt Text: Slide show flipping through photos. These photos show three different blocks of clay that Carly, the artist, pressed her own hypermobile limbs. She presses her knee, elbow, and bent hand into different blocks to capture the mold of her bendy body.
I started reading this book of stories by disabled people collected and edited by Alice Wong! I have been listening to the audiobook! It brings up so many "new," contemporary views on disability and what accommodation means to many different types of people. I am already about half way through and it has gotten me to think about what access means to me and the issues that are in place in the world as we know it.
For chronically ill people in particular, this can sometimes look like the discrimination or blatant disregard for chronic illness and pain. Women often aren't believed, and people of color believed even less.
Amazing read/listen. I highly recommend!
Project and Website by Alice Wong:
This week was mostly glazing and finishing the last parts to my two life-size figures. I pushed a bit too much for my work to be finished by putting a very wet head into a bisque, and it didn't make it. This is my first time working on this size and also so close to the deadline. I definitely learned clays limits.
This week in the studio I did some tests of how clay would respond when placed in water. I knew it disintegrated into fine particles, often made into slip, but I wanted to see if I could partially disintegrate a body part, possibly to then fire it with this texture from the water. I also was wanting to video record this process because nothing speaks to the breaking down of the body from pain than literally this process. I think recording it with a figure could be very poetic and beautiful, and hopefully a good art piece. I will be recording this
This week I've been continuing my creation of body parts for my final projects of the semester. I have one full figure finished, and am about half way through my second figure. After I bisque these I will be applying the crater glaze from my tests. This week I also glazed my torso figures with the crater glaze and will be putting them in the cone 10 gas kiln soon.