Can we ever really see each other?

 

This work represents an ongoing body of work exploring women's experiences of illness. It was presented at Galway University Hospital with Galway International Arts Festival, Galway University Arts Trust and SAOLTA, 2017. The exhibition comprised of a photographic series, large scale sculptural installation and text. The photographic series focused on societal perceptions of illness and our capacity to see and comprehend each other. The installation examined the intimate experience of living moment by moment in chronic pain, when forced to confront our own fragility and capacity.

The photographic series explored the themes of the capacity to see each other and the changing relationship women with chronic illness have to their own bodies, others and their role and position in society. The hands represent a process of movement or transition reaching forth in an attempt to make contact with themselves and others, reflected in the shadow, akin to the projections we impose on each other. The clarity of the images was degraded to reflect the difficulty of comprehending one another, but life size to juxtapose with the inclination to want to touch and make contact. The photographs were presented as a series, with the first and last image being the same, indicating marks of punctuation to the question.