My work represents my research into idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), its symptoms, treatments, and outcomes. My recent diagnosis with this neurological disorder inspired further investigations into IIH patients, awareness, and support groups. I create these pieces by combining self-portraits and appropriated medical imagery; I am illustrating invisible symptoms of a disorder. People with IIH can seem like they are having a normal day, but truly are dealing with a horrible headache or some other unseen symptom. Internal rare diseases can go unnoticed by friends and family. It is our responsibility to reach out to our neighbor and advocate for ourselves. This body of work provides insight into IIH and perhaps can start the conversation of how we can help those living with IIH.
- Ashley Lauren Maidon
Description of Work:
Self-portraits were captured through digital photography as well as medium film format (120).
Wood (black) frame Dimensions: 20.5 in x 28.25 in x 1.5 in
Approximate Weight: 8 lbs each
Print Dimensions: 19.75 in x 27.5 in
Inkjet onto Red River Aurora Fine Art Natural paper
I'm on the mend! Well as much as you can be with a disorder that may come and go. Very few headaches now and if I do get one the pain is a whole lot less from when I started this series in college.