Monstering

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How We Cope

CW: Abuse, body horror, dissociation

 
 

Artist's Statement

Having a severe mental illness is a bit like carrying around a big heavy elephant on your back. It's an incredibly heavy burden to bear that everyone notices but not many people want you to talk about because it makes them uncomfortable. It's lonely.

For as long as I could remember, something inside just didn't feel right. Since I was a child I've been plagued with various mental illnesses that evolved over time into Borderline Personality Disorder. When I was diagnosed in 2014, I felt like I finally had an answer to the uncontrollable pain and suffering I had been experiencing for as long as I could remember. For the last six years photography has been my form of therapy to release the negative emotions I had been feeling. So it was natural for me to create how it felt to live with BPD. Eventually I had enough pieces for a series.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

SARAH-ANN LORETH is a self taught fine art and travel photographer from New England, who specializes in conceptual portraiture. In her work she tries to convey a quiet stillness of emotion with a connection to her natural surroundings. She stumbled upon photography while working in the medical field and threw all her energy into teaching herself the craft.

When not taking photos Sarah is an avid gardener who loves to cook, write, listen to political speeches, and binge watch The Golden Girls.

Glamour Shot/Fasciotomy self portrait

CW: Body horror, nudity

 
 The image depicts a pastel blue, naked, female-presenting figure on a white background. She has full breasts and a curvy/full body. She is tilted to the right and has her right arm nestled between her right thigh and her hair. Her hair is straight, jet black, and just over shoulder-length. The left arm is flexed, and the hand holds a large chunk of hair, which has clearly been pulled out, as there is a bald patch on the left side of her scalp. Strands of thick, coarse hair are also falling from the left hand, down to the floor. She has a fairly neutral expression on her face and has full, round lips and perfectly shaped eyebrows. Her nose is also round. She has a dimple between her nose and lips, as well as a slight point on the chin. She is crying, a black liquid streaming down both cheeks. The same liquid can be seen around her crotch and coming out of her behind, where it collects and curves down and around her right leg. There is also a gash on the right shin where the same liquid—presumably blood—can be seen pooling out. On the same leg, the inner thigh has stitches running its length, sealing up a wound; the right foot is curved in an unnatural manner. The black liquid collects on the floor, where light shines on it. The artist's signature can be seen written in white in the pool, following the flow of the liquid.

The image depicts a pastel blue, naked, female-presenting figure on a white background. She has full breasts and a curvy/full body. She is tilted to the right and has her right arm nestled between her right thigh and her hair. Her hair is straight, jet black, and just over shoulder-length. The left arm is flexed, and the hand holds a large chunk of hair, which has clearly been pulled out, as there is a bald patch on the left side of her scalp. Strands of thick, coarse hair are also falling from the left hand, down to the floor. She has a fairly neutral expression on her face and has full, round lips and perfectly shaped eyebrows. Her nose is also round. She has a dimple between her nose and lips, as well as a slight point on the chin. She is crying, a black liquid streaming down both cheeks. The same liquid can be seen around her crotch and coming out of her behind, where it collects and curves down and around her right leg. There is also a gash on the right shin where the same liquid—presumably blood—can be seen pooling out. On the same leg, the inner thigh has stitches running its length, sealing up a wound; the right foot is curved in an unnatural manner. The black liquid collects on the floor, where light shines on it. The artist's signature can be seen written in white in the pool, following the flow of the liquid.

 

Artist's Statement

I am an interdisciplinary visual artist and bruja. My current visual work documents subversive medical narratives and trauma as meme through ink drawings. As an art witch my focus concerns femmecentric protective medicine and weaponization of orthopedics. I work with handcraft, art rituals and graphic narrative.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

 A tan woman with short dark hair in a black tank dress is standing on a huge deep red desert rock formation looking into the camera. She is silloutted against a bright blue sky with one hand on her hip and the other hand on her walking cane.

A tan woman with short dark hair in a black tank dress is standing on a huge deep red desert rock formation looking into the camera. She is silloutted against a bright blue sky with one hand on her hip and the other hand on her walking cane.

INÉS IXIERDA is a queer Bolivian artist and designer in Oakland, California. She is currently drawing a graphic narrative and creating enchanted art objects.

Her work has been shown at SoMa Arts as part of the National Queer Arts Festival, at Sanchez Contemporary and at Qulture Collective. She has presented at the Graphic Medicine Conference, the Color of Violence conference and has created numerous arts programs in her work as an arts educator for over 15 years. Inés is also founder and proprietress of Bruxeria Designs, creators of Hex the Patriarchy. Find her on IG: Ines_Ixierda.