'Trauma Center' surrounded by green gradiant arcs

trauma center was a gallery show in collaboration with dani dinstman centered around processing trauma through confrontation and black comedy. our show was covered in the online art magazine squinch.

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)

show poster with gallery openning information surrounded by green radial gradients 'trauma center' with trigger warning and sticker bowl on a pedestel, behind is projected woods on vinyl type perspective of gallery, foldable chairs are in the center of the room with a blue amorphous painting and smaller posters on the walls closeup of projected waterfall on vinyl type on wall closeup of projected mountain on vinyl type on wall closeup of projected sunset on vinyl type on wall 'trauma center,' a floral bedsheet hanging diagonally across the openning, showing part of the internal walls word painting representing sexual trauma black vinyl transcript of sexual assault administrative letter on black wall two posters one reading 'pull yourself up; stop being lazy' with a cat hanging on a rope and the other reading 'be happy' with unhelpful suggestions like 'have you tried chamomile tea?' motivational poster reading 'potential, you're wasting your own time by getting hung up on this painting of fairy tale castle on rolling hills childish blanket with heart shaped pillow, toy truck, xylophone, and wooden bead and wire sculpture sticker bowl surrounded by mini-zines