HY•ST•ER•IA: Body as Battleground
Project info

HY•ST•ER•IA: Body as Battleground
Work in Progress

“As a concept, "hysteria" can be traced back to an ancient Greek belief that connects excessive emotion to the uterus.”
      —Parker Molloy

Last year I was diagnosed with Stage 1 endometrial cancer and had to undergo a complete hysterectomy. I embarked upon this series in an attempt to fathom and artistically represent the emotional and physical changes that my body is going through. 

The dress is the center stage upon which my drama unfolds and speaks to my sense of a lost femininity. Symbols from a tarot card reading done prior to the procedure refer to my surgery and psychological response. Photographs of my body, medical procedures, and human conflict are some of the actors in my performance.

I use a variation on the antiquarian lumen printing process to obtain the images of the dresses then combine them with other photographic methods to obtain the final images.