Love Hurts
Project info

This project is inspired by incidents of domestic violence. "Love Hurts" is intended to evoke an emotional response and to stimulate social change around this sensitive subject.

Love hurts. They say this isn’t love.
Induced dependency, or
misplaced aggression; all I know –
my bruises don’t pain me as much

as all the words you hurled at me.
Love’s not supposed to hurt like this.
Or so they tell me. All I know
is that you hurt me. It still hurts.

They tell me that I’ve got to go
but I don’t want to. No, I do -
I just don’t want to be in pain.
I still want you. But even so,

everything you’ve done to me.
It aches. It still hurts. Moving on –
It’s hard, yet easy. So they say.
I don’t know who I’d be, alone.

This exhibit uses a camera modified to record the infrared wavelength and to illustrate a journey into hopelessness, despair and resignation as reflections in water. Strange, stretched, overly exaggerated the camera captures postures of extreme emotion. These images reveal the physical trauma received at the hands of others, some real, some imagined in fear.