You Don't Look Sick
The central theme of this body of work is the documentation of a chronic illness, termed an invisible illness. Many people suffer from a variety of chronic diseases termed invisible because the effects are not always obvious on the outward appearance. My work uses various methods of documentation and media to discuss what it is like to experience an invisible illness and acknowledges a number of its accompanying challenges. These works are based upon my personal experience of 17 years with chronic fatigue syndrome. My documentations include ideas around the fluctuation of energy levels, the frequency of thoughts about my fatigue, and the balance between rest and activity. I want to give a voice of validation to those who feel as unseen as I do and bring about an awareness of what is experienced so quietly.