WHERE THE RED FLOWERS BLOOM
This project was created out of a desperate desire for bodily autonomy and selfhood. Following a laparoscopy in which I was diagnosed with endometriosis, a systemic inflammatory condition in which tissue similar to, yet distinct from, the lining of the uterus occurs outside of the uterus. I experienced a health crisis due to a treatment that I took under misguided medical advice related to this often misunderstood condition. During and following that crisis I rediscovered self portraiture as a way to cope with multiple hospitalizations and surgeries while recovering from years long dissociation from my body.