Tough question. I am working on a completely different series at the moment (my website is really out of date), so my head is elsewhere. I have too many thoughts about it to answer succintly, but here are a couple of thoughts:
Not being trained formally as a social worker, I had to learn that clinical distance concept on the job – I was “thrown to the wolves” and sometimes got chewed up pretty badly. I learned the value of keeping that professional distance eventually,and I think that shows up in my work. It has been pointed out to me before. What does not come through is my rather intimate relationship with pills, based on my family experiences with my mom’s illness. Psychotropic medications were literally the difference between chaos and sanity in my house.
The Unholy Ghost series is/was my attempt to get closer, more intimate with the subject matter of mental illness and childhood. The notion of hiding under these sheets and looking through them is very loaded for me, and I hope some of the experience rings true for others. It is a tough issue to get really close to, to get to heart of, but I’ll keep trying!
Hope that makes some sense. thansk for looking at my work – I always appreciate feedback!