This series of prints relates to my experience as a chronically ill and disabled person— specifically about the tools I use to navigate spaces in my everyday life. The design of most spaces do not allow for those who are not the societal ideal. The objects that are represented are part of how I adapt to existing in different environments and how I meet my needs to make spaces more accessible to me.
The processes that I used in the production of these prints have direct relationships to my content. The implication of my hands and the sensation of touch are evident by way of my surface manipulation and the process of printing handset type. Time is also a key element to this work and it can be seen as being echoed in formal decisions: densely layered elements, handset type, as well as the act of using a scanner to generate my imagery that literally depicts time passing.
The labor of these decisions speaks directly to the fact that in most spaces, I as well as others in this community of people, have to take matters into their own hands in order to enter.
The text that is present serves as an entry point for more than just those of a similar experience. Due to the varying amount of exposure my audience may have this topic, groups of people interact differently with my work. Those who can relate find solidarity, others may find a deeper sense of understanding, and some viewers may take my work as a call to action. There is also a varying amount of legibility that allows for those of similar as well as different experience to enter a conversation about the content of the work. Some phrases that open up this work to a wider audience are: “do you believe in ghosts,” “now you see it,” and “are you a ghost too.” My text, coupled with my imagery, allows for audience participation by way of presenting this topic in a way that people of different experiences can enter as well as starting a discussion around how our society prioritizes the able-body.

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