A psychiatric patient goes through dozens of medication boxes every year. I collect these discarded medication boxes and use a scanner to distort the designs into new images, which are expanded into paintings. The swirling moods and disorientation of medicated/unmedicated states are represented in the tonally-similar palettes and agitated stria of the scan-stretched letters.
The only intelligible phrase is 'TELL YOUR DOCTOR', a soundbite which bombards viewers of psychiatric drug advertisements. We tell our doctors about everything from side effects to our deepest emotions. A psychiatric patient’s emotionally-fraught relationship with doctors and psychiatric medications is central to my work.
I have been medicated for the mercurial moods of manic-depression for almost a decade. However, my own overwrought emotions don’t dominate the work. My undergraduate degree in psychology lends me a clinical perspective, allowing me to communicate the range of emotions that the medicated might experience.
Tell Your Doctor