This image harkens back to my childhood and the invisible tattoos of CSA. I believe this is what triggered my OCD, which started very young, at age four. Despite my chaotic mind i am obsessed with cleanliness and order. For the longest time i felt unworthy, damaged, tainted and broken.
This was a challenging image to create both emotionally and artistically. I mixed coffee grounds with body oil to create the look of dirt on my skin and wrapped my chest in some brown packing paper i found in my shipping supply closet. I painted the words on my skin with a mascara brush. I used the chocolate brown black out curtains in my bedroom as my backdrop for this photo as they have a slight sheen and were the perfect color for this concept.
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I am a self-taught taught artist that discovered my passion of photography, back in 1995, while writing my first book, Haunting Hands. A book initially intended to be a collection of poems i had written about surviving a difficult childhood. I decided it would feel more personal if i created the cover for the book myself. Shortly thereafter, i purchased a camera and turned my living room into a makeshift studio. I did a series of self-portraits and then another and another. The process of creating and putting myself in front of the camera felt cathartic, liberating and healing....
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