After a serious injury, I had to reevaluate the ways in which I healed not only physically but mentally as well. Collaging became a key to my self-care. Creating and putting something out in the world helped me cope with what I had temporarily lost. I share these collages with you not as perfect, gallery-ready art pieces, but to show one way I handled my healing process.
I could not use computers at the time of my injury, and generally used mainstream magazines I had, found, or was given in doctors’ offices. When my collages depict bodies, therefore, they are bodies deemed acceptable by mainstream publication. I do not think I fully realized at the time that frequently flipping through all of those photos lowered my self-confidence and made me feel like an “other.” Still, cutting up those images and creating something new–something I could control–felt empowering when I had felt powerless. I hope to use the wonders of the Internet, independent publishing, and Photoshop (all of these collages are hand-made) to continue exploring, learning, and healing through collage and include more diverse representations in my art.