Paintings > Take Care

Take Care #1
Oak Gall Ink, Deer Antler Black, Ercolano Red, Yellow Ochre, Malachite, and Azurite on Handmade Paper
5x7"
2019
Take Care #2
Ercolano Red, Bone Black, Caput Mortuum, Tiger's Eye, Malachite, and Azurite on Handmade Paper
5x7"
2019
Take Care #3
Nero Roma, Ercolano Red, Vivianite, Malachite, Azurite, Tiger's Eye, Cochineal, and Synthetic Gold on Handmade Paper
5x7"
2019
Take Care #4
Vivianite, Ercolano Red, Terre Verte, Armenian Orange Ochre, Oak Gall Ink, Black Walnut Ink, Tiger's Eye, Cochineal, and Azurite on Handmade Paper
5x7"
2019
Take Care #5
Sienna, Ercolano Red, Cochineal, Malachite, Bone Black, and Azurite on Handmade Paper
5x7"
2019
Take Care #6
Bone Black, Armenian Orange Ochre, Oak Gall Ink, Black Walnut Ink, Cochineal, Ercolano Red, Malachite, and Azurite on Handmade Paper
5x7"
2019
Take Care #7
Azurite, Armenian Pink Ochre, Armenian Orange Ochre, Oak Gall Ink, Nero Roma, and Malachite on Handmade Paper
5x7"
2019
Take Care #8
Vivianite, Ercolano Red, Black Walnut Ink, Armenian Orange Ochre, and Malachite on Handmade Paper
5x7"
2019
Take Care #9
Terre Verte, Black Walnut Ink, Azurite, Cochineal, Armenian Orange Ochre, and Caput Mortuum on Handmade Paper
5x7"
2019
Take Care #10
Armenian Orange Ochre, Bone Black, Malachite, and Azurite on Handmade Paper
5x7"
2019
Take Care #11
Gold Ochre, Black Walnut Ink, Nero Roma, Malachite, and Azurite on Handmade Paper
5x7"
2019
Take Care #12
Armenian Pink Ochre, Armenian Orange Ochre, Sienna, Black Walnut Ink, Nero Roma, Malachite, Azurite, Cochineal, and Synthetic Gold on Handmade Paper
5x7"
2019

On a residency in Montana in 2019 I began to develop worsened symptoms of what would eventually be diagnosed as temporal lobe epilepsy. These symptoms, caused by partial seizures, included nauseating déjà vu, disorientation, depression, short term memory loss, and migraines, and were aggravated by high altitude. They began manifesting on a trip to Italy in May of 2019 when I went to the top of Mount Vesuvius, and later became even more intense in the mountainous landscape of Montana. In this time I began listing all the things I could do to practice self care while these mystery symptoms were at their worst. These acts included: taking hot baths, using a heated eye mask, taking helpful medications, talking to friends and family on the phone, meditating, looking out the window, watching tv, and picking flowers. Although these things were and are helpful to varying degrees, there was and is no quick fix for my disability, and it is important to recognize that the practice of self care is just that, a practice. Finding a balance between taking care of myself, having others take care of me, while learning to adapt to a new physical and mental reality has not been easy, but I appreciate and find value in the ongoing practice and the journey. This series is a representation of one part of that journey, and a personal reminder to honor every step in the healing process.