Side Effects May Include is a photography-based installation, a "pill" bedroom that explores the disconnection between mental health challenges and medication; more specifically poly-pharmacy. Born out of grief, this project was inspired by my sister who took her life with a cocktail of pharmaceuticals after suffering with bi-polar disorder for many years. Following her death, I collected the contents of her medicine cabinet. The pills in this project belonged to her. I wondered if the medications were responsible for her demise and this concern led me in a photographic exploration that ended with experiential artwork in the mind-set of activist.
These images are from various shows including:
The Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, California
FAVA Gallery, Oberlin, Ohio
Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY
Blue Sky Gallery, Portland Oregon