The Other Side of Joy

The Other Side of Joy

“If I am like this for two weeks a month is that who I am?”

This particular sentence immediately captured my attention, I was browsing through a Google search for sever premenstrual syndrome and had just come across a condition called PMDD (Premenstrual-Dysphoric-Disorder).

I immediately recognised my self in most of the descriptions of symptoms, in the little information I could find and in the words of other women going through a similar struggle.

As I began making sense of what I have been going through,I felt compelled to create a body of work that would capture the fragility of these moments in a way that is also beautiful and poetic, to show that vulnerability can also be a strength, other than a cause of embarrassment and distress.

Through a series of self portraits, conceptual still lifes and drawing directly on my personal experience. This series  explores how hormonal shifts can affect women’s mental and physical health.

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From Water Springs Life

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Like a Fish in a Bottle

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A Cycle of Death and Rebirth

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On Days Like This

Migraine

Migraine

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Not in the Mood

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Insomnia

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Lethargy

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Where No One Can Find Me