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            april 19 - may 19

Gina Roberts

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Throughout my recent practice I have been working with weave as a way to translate issues surrounding pregnancy, menstruation, and my experience as a young woman.

I'm currently being treated for a condition called endometriosis, which is when cells similar to ones in the lining of the uterus are found elsewhere in the body and react, as they do in the uterus, every month when menstruating. 



It is a chronic and often debilitating condition that can cause painful or heavy periods and also lead to infertility. Around 1.5 million women in the UK are currently suffering with endometriosis but the average time to receive a diagnosis is 7 years.


I first went to the doctor 7/8 years ago with symptoms and it wasn't till this year that the word 'endometriosis' was even mentioned. Currently the only treatment is birth control and the only way to diagnose is with an invasive surgery.

 




“I decided to create a piece which would incorporate this [pain] instead of ignoring it. The piece acts as a record of my pain corresponding to how much work I was able to produce.”



I was creating this piece while menstruating, which for someone with endometriosis means considerable pain, and I knew that this was going to influence the quality of my work.

I decided to create a piece which would incorporate this instead of ignoring it. The piece acts as a record of my pain corresponding to how much work I was able to produce, with some pieces smaller and less detailed than others which were made on the days that I was experiencing it the most. I organised them and stitched them together to create an almost book-like piece which shows the difficulty of creating work while living with endometriosis.


wool / 2021

Gina Roberts, Untitled
Email: g.roberts0220201@arts.ac.uk

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