Artist statement: The term "invisible illness" is based on a myth; the myth that we know what disability looks like and people with disabilities can be instantly visually identified. An estimated 133 million Americans live with existing conditions and 40 million of them have disabilities. So why aren't you seeing them all the time? The answer is you are, but we minimize our pain for your comfort and you fail to take notice of the many signs of our conditions. This has contributed to us being dismissed as hypothetical one-offs or worse, necessary sacrifices, during a global pandemic, and it has been exceptionally draining. So I'm sharing my pain in a new way - the paint shows where I typically experience fibromyalgia pain. The injection is B12, a treatment I must use regularly. My illness is not invisible. You're just not paying attention.

My Illness is Not Invisible - Print