My study explored the experience of chronic pain through the craft mediums of clay and felted wool. It focused upon a personal pain narrative which incorporated a journey of rehabilitation through engagement with craft processes.
It examined how a visual and tactile language can support a verbal vocabulary which struggles to articulate pain scales. It ‘tested’ this language by providing community workshops which allowed participants to express and model their pain. It analysed how other artists explore the experience and discourse of chronic pain through their artwork thus informing my own.
The study culminated in the production of a series of clay and felt artworks that express and raise awareness of chronic pain within an exhibition context. This produced creative material-led explorations which make visible the invisibility of the lived experience of pain.