The Menopause project
Things have gone dark and she is no longer looking out seeing clearly. She is now looking through a small aperture, trying to breathe fresh air, trying to understand the confusion in her mind and emotions. Why has this happened? Why is she trapped like this? What did she do wrong? How did it all happen so very fast? How was it that she never recognised what was actually happening?
She is told that, if she behaves, she can wear her own clothes, as women are known to behave better, in prison, when they wear their own clothes. She is in despair because she knows she cannot comply as even her own clothes don't fit right anymore. They drug her to make her feel that she can cope, but it does not work as it is only touching the surface of where she is and what she feels. Her utter sense of helplessness is frantic and overwhelming and no one seems to listen, thereby conspiring to keep her down.
It's taken me a long time thinking over this "story".. But it came to me in a flash coupled with my own peri menopausal and menopausal journey... This is the story (allegorical) of a woman going through the changes in her/my life.
I wanted to share with you some images that my partner and I created in relation to menopause...funny, but I've been very nervous to share it, but for some reason the right moment seems to be now. I hope you appreciate my story/journey. I have spoken to many other women who have experienced similar thoughts, feelings and ideas. It was going into this incredible prison in Gloucester that seemed to solidify my thinking around how to express the journey. We have now begun to attempt to express the experiences of other women in imagery - not an easy task but, let's face it, sometimes images can be easy to identify with and also be extremely uncomfortable.
There is the shock realisation that she is trapped and something feels wrong. She can't get out, but can see that there is another world out there. The world, she used to know. It is all so sudden although it's been biting at her ankles for a while. She has been oblivious, despite the weird signs, due to the