When I was nine my parents made the difficult decision to let me undergo surgery on a birthmark that had not disappeared and caused my bottom lip to bleed, discolour and swell. This series of photographs depict the journey through surgery, trauma and the healing process of my new lip both physically and emotionally. Mainly the photographs depict my reaction to trauma, combining clean, clinical self-portraits with earthy skulls and insects, providing a connection between surgery, the anatomy and nature. The work shows traces of memories such as catching a glimpse of my lip with stitches too soon in a reflection and the dark discomfort of the unknown. The photographs will be A0 size allowing the viewer to stare as much as they want. Making the work larger than life, I take back the control and empower imperfections.
Michele Amaglio • Madhava Bence Kalmar • Aloha Bonser-Shaw • Victoria Chetley • Holly Etchells-Smith • Sabina Green • Tom Heatley • Charlotte Eliza King • Lauren Maccabee • Ashley Sweeting • Charlotte Wilson • Alice Withington •