The past year has been incredibly hard for me and my family. My partner has been battling the worst flare up of his chronic illness since he was diagnosed in 2003. It has put him on disability and he has missed over a year of work. While he has been suffering with fatigue, pain and getting no answers, I have been there advocating for him. I didn't realize the stress it had put on me until my own body expressed it with pain in my back.
This zine is a photographic essay on dealing with chronic illness from the caregivers perspective. I realized my feelings were more complex than I had allowed myself to think. Caregiving and advocating is incredibly hard and wearing. I only just began my journey into self-care. The reason my partner and I want to release this zine is to start a conversation and bring awareness to people who don't deal with illness on a daily basis. We also wanted to let other caregivers know they are not alone, as I thought I was. The medical institution has not done a good job of giving us hope or offering support. We feel like pawns in a game.
You can purchase the zine in my Etsy store.
I have been applying to galleries and art shows like crazy. I do get a lot of rejections, and am not doing as much as I would like. One of my problems is trying to find the call for shows in time to apply. So I have asked some friends to help alert me to upcoming shows or applications to apply. If you have any leads, I would appreciate an email autumn at autumnsteam.com so I can apply.
This photo is from a show I just did at The Space in Salem, Oregon, the Rejected Art Faire. It was a wonderful show full of our local community.
My next show is coming up in September. Check out my Art Shows link to stay current!
I am going to post some of my experiments and thoughts. It can be anything from photography to art to mycology