PhotoAccess Incorporated

Exhibition: Aftercare by Emily Portman

Aftercare is a series of 10 photographic works exploring the emotional and psychological ideology behind selfcare and wellbeing. Created as a physical embodiment using myself and layers of pink bubble…

Exhibitions

Event Details

Category

Exhibitions

Event Starts

Aug 11, 2022

Event Ends

Sep 10, 2022

Venue

Photo Access

Location

30 Manuka Circle, Griffith ACT, Australia

Aftercare is a series of 10 photographic works exploring the emotional and psychological ideology behind selfcare and wellbeing. Created as a physical embodiment using myself and layers of pink bubble wrap, I enact these gestures through cocooning and containment, encasing the head and body of the figure. This covering alludes to fetishised notions of protection and care, replicating common tropes associated with actions based around aftercare as a period of recovery and healing, through not just a physical action, but including mental health based selfcare ideals in a society with a commercialised response to wellbeing.
The interaction of identical multiple figures allude to the psychological paths and states of being, contained in the one person. These figures can be seen to be both helping and hindering each other as they role play actions of comfort and concern, making connections between mental health and the depictions of care and wellbeing.


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