so the artful parody of a pediatrician's office is nothing new. but here's our fresh take on it. the through line of our waiting room is the pseudo-aid often offered to emotionally abused people. like 'have you tried ginger tea?' like who is that helping? not i. this took form in motivation-style posters and serene nature videos projected over white vinyl type echoing similar unhelpful truisms.
dani contributed a number of large paintings, including one of a fairytale castle. her work is generally abstract with amorphous shapes that imply figure and intimacy.
we also needed to have a toy area. one very productive thrift store haul later, we knew we still needed something. specifically those wooden bead and wire sculptures/toys that are in every kid's doctor's office. but holy cow were they out of our budget, so we made one.
in the center of the installation, behind a bed sheet is the proverbial 'trauma center.' on one wall, there is a painting representing the internal expression of traumatic emotion and on the other a transcript of a letter from a university rejecting a sexual assault appeal with names and dates blacked out to represent how common this experience is.
to brighten the mood, we made stickers inspired by lisa frank and the stickers you get after getting a shot; as well as a zine with basic information about dialectical behavioral therapy (a very helpful therapy technique about helping to manage anxiety/extreme emotion in the moment 10/10 would recommend). read the zine (includes printable version)