After a traumatic experience, many people isolate themselves. In the months following a sexual assault while in college, I became increasingly introspective and isolated–questioning everything about my identity. Half-way through creating this series, our global pandemic lockdown began – effectively shifting the project from individual to collective as we all experienced self-isolation together.
This series of garments and photos are visual representations of the cycle of self-isolation. The cycle is made up of three stages: hyperarousal, intrusion, and constriction. In the hyperarousal stage, individuals are very guarded and on high alert, and they're likely to lash out with aggression. During the intrusive stage, it’s common to relive traumatic events in conjunction with graphic nightmares. Reliving a traumatic experience disrupts your daily life, making you stop in your tracks and fight your way back to reality. The constriction phase results in numbness and an absence of self.
Behind the Scenes