Heart Space 4: Dissociative Lite
Dissociative Light is the newest addition to the Heart Space Series, in which I track personal reactions to traumatic experiences.
This piece was created through experimentation with heat, packing peanuts, glue, and pins. As my mind detached itself from the plan I had set for this project, I was forced to rely on my senses to guide its creation and completion. Each subsequent step was based purely on what it felt good to do with my hands as they came to learn the characteristics of packing peanuts as a medium.
The end result is a testament to the way that destructive forces (heat, pressure, piercing, dissolving) when not used to completely destroy an object can strengthen, bond, and transform it.
Heart Space 1, 2, 3 and 4 track my reactions, internally and externally to trauma over time. Each piece deals with a specific traumatic event and was created shortly after as a way to communicate a need for either self-punishment as in the piece "Penance"; self-soothing as in the piece "Comfort"; self-preservation as in the piece "Inside In"; or safety in withdraw as in the piece "Dissociative Lite."
Photo credit: Drew Stauss