Procedures

CompanySyracuse University
PhotographerJennifer Wilkey
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Monotony, repetition, and duration of my craft explore the longevity of illness and the feeling of sameness associated with being in the hospital. While enclosed in a hospital room, life continues on in the outside world and in a sense, passes the patient by. Time becomes an element that exists in a slow motion within the hospital and is hurrying by beyond its doors.

Story

Long-term illness is diagnosed through the medical institution, but it is also interpreted in the personal and emotional realms. I consider what it means to be ill and examine the roles of the patient, doctor, and hospital in treatment and healing, as a response to the presence of illness in my mother. Her heart surgery and recurring admittance to the hospital spurred an interest in examining the longevity of illness and the feeling of sameness associated with being in this institutional setting. While enclosed in a hospital room, life in the outside world continues and, in a sense, passes the patient by. Time becomes an element of duality; one that exists in slow motion within the hospital, while it simultaneously hurries by beyond the hospital doors. In an effort to humanize this experience, artifacts collected from the hospital become crafted memorials of the hospital stay. The methodical repeated practice becomes a distraction of the illness in the body and events in the hospital. The photographs and objects serve as both a documentation/artifact of an event in the hospital, as well as a story in themselves. Though the use of monotony, repetition, and duration unusual narratives are constructed that walk a space between reality and the surreal.