When I am able, I cannot resist the opportunity to paint my interpretation of the medical and psychological happenings through which I’ve lived. My pieces have a tendency to cry out. They have a trapped spirit within that wants to be seen, heard, to reach another. My works are portals that connect me to an outside world.
One style of my work is short-lived. These temporary pieces, captured through a series of photographs, are created using pills, pill powders, teas, tinctures and medicines. The use of these familiar substances, which I must consume regularly, serve as mediums bringing forward strange figures and ghostly portraits.
Temporary works, arising to disappear, reflect a philosophy of my illusive symptoms, disease, life, time, and existence. These dark visions aim at releasing elements of my illness and strive to capture a visual essence for my viewers to experience. Along with these are emotions of fear, frustration, anguish, loneliness and a erie desperation to be recognized.
My backgrounds are a collage of letters, notes, lists, old prescriptions, doodles and other papered moments of my life. These fragmented scraps make for interesting backdrops and quickly become more intriguing once an image is painted over top. Areas of the background are left untouched for the viewer to see, allowing little bits of information to be gathered, processed and interpreted.
This layers myself into each piece and lets the inquisitive viewer learn more about who I am. Connecting to an audience in such a way is therapeutical, for this art helps me to feel less detached, acknowledged, and somehow important, if only for the briefest moment.
Guest post by Erin Fromkes
More of Erin's amazing images can be found on her FB page HERE