The Stillness of Disarray
My work represents the fragility and the physicality of Tourette’s syndrome by using self-portraiture to explore its repetitive involuntary movements. While my work explores my own experience with the disorder, it also exists to combat the harmful stereotypes that has rooted from religious demonology, cruel psychiatric treatment and the idea that patients are to blame for their own disorder. I use a combination of mediums such as digital photography, cyanotypes and emulsion lifts to symbolize how Tourette’s syndrome has multiple variations of symptoms and how the exact cause for the syndrome is still unknown. The self-portraits depict physical movement that emit a tenderness and euphoric feeling, while the photographic techniques represent the complexity of the brain and visceral aspects of the body.