I’ve been making work about diabetes for a few years now and I’ve explored several different materials and approaches along the way. During this time, I’ve encountered several challenges. Aside from dealing with the occasional emotional obstacles, I’ve struggled to guide this body of work in one direction and instead have branched off what feels like endlessly. It’s a complicated feeling because I do want to explore this subject as thoroughly as I can, but doing so also leads me to feel like I’m starting lots of different things and not spending enough time on any of them because I keep moving on to something else. I don’t know. It’s hard to explain.
36″ x 24″
For this painting, I wanted to create a wallpaper look using a pattern of symbols to illustrate the repetitiveness of a life with diabetes. The symbols I chose were an insulin vial, syringes, test strips, and a drop of blood. Checking my blood sugar and giving insulin injections are two things that I have done every single day (multiple times a day) for the last 7000+ days. Many people think it’s something you get used to, and in a way it is, but it almost always hurts and it often feels like an inconvenience. It’s an important part of the package, though. After all, I wouldn’t be alive without insulin, and the correct amount of insulin at that.
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!
I’ve been able to get quite a bit of painting done in the last week (mostly in the last two days), so I’m here to share it with you! I’ve been working on several pieces at a time–seven right now–and this is working well for me at the moment because I’m essentially using the same color palette for everything and I have to let the paint dry a little in between layers. My goal to finish a painting a week seems more achievable this way because I make progress on more complicated paintings while I finish up the simpler ones.
I will continue to update you guys on my progress as well as provide descriptions of each piece as I finish them :]