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In early 2013 I received a grant to buy an Ipad. Since then my Ipad goes everywhere with me from bed to sofa to hospital waiting rooms as I document my adventures, real and imaginary, at these exciting locations.

The brain that wouldn't die.

7 January 2015

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Alive...... without a body........fed by an unspeakable horror from hell!

That just about describes my day so far........such fun!

 

 

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Specimens on the road to nowhere.

31 January 2015

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Specimens on the road to nowhere

I am making an inventory of all the dust gatherers in my studio which, like myself, are on the road to nowhere but just cant be thrown out.

I just keep moving them round, from shelf to table and then back to shelf again... not so much work in progress, more rearranging the chairs on the Titanic as the ship goes down.

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Brain Dept

27 March 2015

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Brain Dept

Good to know someone's at the controls in the Brain Dept today because I'm sure as hell not.

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Disaster/Democracy

10 June 2015

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Disaster/Democracy

I have been sidetracked from my blog this last few months as a result of getting involved in the Vote Yes For Equality campaign in the Referendum on Same Sex Marriage in Ireland. I made some work around the issue which I posted online.... it's the best I could do as a militant armchair activist. Being part of a winning vote in Ireland is a new and wonderful experience for me.... a sensation so strange that it may take some time to get used to. All manner of nonsense and sour grapes continue...

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Chronic invisibility space.

17 July 2015

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Chronic invisibility space

I have been thinking a lot about the standard wheelchair disability symbol lately and how there is still no equivalent for people like myself who have a invisible disability. There are lots of jokey tee shirt and badge slogans but nothing that has the universality and gravitas of the wheelchair symbol. I have taken to standing in disability parking spaces on my occasional trips out to see if I get inspired to create a symbol that represents me.......knackered, in pain, terminally bewildered and...

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Waiting Area 6.

8 October 2015

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Waiting Area 6

Since joining the ranks of the chronically ill I have spent way to much of my time waiting. Waiting for appointments, waiting for test results, waiting for treatments to take effect, or not, as the case might be. The main waiting I do is in the waiting rooms of the various hospitals and health centres my bits and pieces, from my brain to my belly, my arse to my elbow are being treated in.  One bit improves for a while just as another bit starts going on the blink....at this stage its a...

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The worry box.

3 December 2015

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The worry box.

Earlier this year I attended a group CBT course for Generalised Anxiety Disorder. Years of chronic pain and the associated depression and fatigue has taken its toll and I am now what my older neighbours might call 'Bad with the Nerves'. That description, old fashioned as it, pretty much nails it. Keeping on top of it is a work in progress. One of the techniques we used on the course is 'Worry Time' where you sit for 15 minutes every day, write down all your worries and...

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January

4 January 2016

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Its Monday, it's January, I'm sick again.

 

 

 

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Letting in the light.

1 February 2016

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Letting in the light

Letting in the light. I am well chuffed that my piece Bats in the Belfry was selected for the Letting in the Light Exhibition now showing in Stratford, London. Bobby Baker's Daily Life Ltd has teamed up with Outside In and Bethlem Gallery to showcase work by 35 artists with personal experience of mental health issues. I love that the exhibition took its name from the Groucho Marks great line: Blessed is the cracked, for they shall let in the light. The video below was made by my...

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#bagspill

4 April 2016

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#bagspill

I was reading about this #bagspill phenomenon in the Sunday Times Style Magazine last weekend. It said a good bagspill is crucial for your personal brand platform. So here's mine. 
 

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Self portrait with borrowed smile

10 March 2014

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portrait of a woman with hair swept back from her hairline staring askance from the camera with a pair of lips torn from a magazine across her face

I used to be a smiley person but years of chronic pain and its sidekicks depression and fatigue have taking its toll on my smile reflex. I find it quite an effort to smile at times so I borrowed this smile from a magazine, took a photo of myself with my ipad and so my 'sick selfie' series was born. I was delighted when this image won an award in the Irish Times photography competition in November 2013...

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How are you today?

14 March 2014

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yellow image with a black line portrait of the artist leaning to one side with her hand covering her face. Above her in grey are the words 'Ah sure I'm grand.'

Like most people with chronic illness I get asked 'how are you today?'...  a lot. On many days the truthful answer would be 'I feel shit, thanks for asking', but I mostly settle on one of the many euphemisms I have collected over the years. These range from the very Irish and clearly untrue 'ah sure I'm grand' to the more English stiff upper lip 'mustn't grumble' taking in 'not quite up to the mark' 'a little peaky' and 'can't...

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Going all the way to Galway Bay

3 March 2016

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black and white photo of Jess Thom on stage with the slogan 'the damage of diminished expectations' behind her

In January I attended the Creative Connections Arts and Disability Conference in Galway. The event, organised by Art and Disability Ireland, involved presentations panel discussions, performances and top class international speakers. Travelling to the venue and surviving a two day conference with my chronic pain/ fatigue/ anxiety combo was a big concern but when I heard that Jess Thom was going to be one of the speakers that sealed the deal…I was going. I had seen the live performance of...

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