"Waiting in Line" was one of my very first pieces I created, in the fall of 2016. It was a very difficult time personally, as my beloved grandmother had a series of major health issues, one of which almost took her life. Although she recovered physically, her mental state had suffered tremendously.
As a family, we realized the task of caring for her ourselves was not a viable option. We reached out to different services around the state, and felt lost as we looked for help.
It began to be increasingly frustrating, as it seemed the aging population had no where to get immediate help when they needed it, and their families were left feeling helpless; waiting for someone to step in.
The first of the series was my way of showing frustration with not only the health care system as a whole, but the treatment of our most vulnerable population: The aging, the poor, the medically complex.
I like to leave it up to the spectator of what in fact "they" are waiting in line for...
the mood of the pieces has changed. I have been commissioned to do families waiting, which has really expanded what the pieces mean. I love adding each family member's unique trait, although not always obvious to the observer.
Stay tuned for some different versions of "in Line"!