This is a visual exploration of mental illness and items left behind after death.
After my mother's passing, I was left to examine the pieces of our 17-year journey with her mental illness. A journey that ultimately resulted in a shorter life expectancy for her. My mother died of metastasized breast cancer after her mental illness created barriers for her to complete her treatment when the first diagnosed. Her battle with cancer was a six-year endeavor.
A journey that came at a time when we let go of my mother's home possession. Being in my early 20s at the time and the first loss of a parent, this was an intimate way to understand my mother as more than my mother.
As displayed at RedLine Gallery, Denver, 2014. The piece was displayed as an interactive exhibit installation which included audio, Photographs, family photos, doctor's notes, and handwritten notes.