The Dragon That Never Sleeps
September 7 - 28, 2013
I have dealt with hereditary headaches and migraines my entire life, but since turning 20 years old my migraines have increased with frequency and intensity. Now, my migraines have forcibly entered every facet of my life as I continue to search for relief. In this struggle my art serves not only as a coping mechanism to come to terms with the debilitating condition, but also to communicate my experiences with others and to make the public aware of the neurological disease that affects over 36 million people in the United States.
I use a variety of mediums, ranging from vinyl, video, and audio to ceramic, collected items and visual stimulation to express the chronic pain, the cyclical nature of migraines and the emotional turmoil I experience when dealing with the debilitating condition that has led to social isolation, depression, unemployment, and other life limitations.
I currently am exploring this topic with ceramics and henna. Using a mold cast from my head, the ceramic busts are altered based on specific migraine sensations. Henna applied to my skin creates a physical manifestation of the migraine that usually remains dormant under the surface. -- Anna Ford