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By confronting the viewer with a ravaged yet aestheticized bodily object, I explore the possibility of going beyond or delaying the moral judgment of a healthy/sick body as either good or bad. It is about creating space for the rejected or isolated body, moving towards an affirmation of its presence and possibilities.

In this work I use the age old symbol of the cat. For the cat takes on a variaty of meanings in different times and cultures in relation to the good, evil, health and feminity. For example Egyptians had multiple cat goddesses, that are ofton associated with women and medicine. Whereas Christianity reversed this positive tradition by connecting cats to Witchery, evil and bad fortune (I. E. the black cat). By recontextualizing it, I aim to go beyond good/evil in relation to health, it functions as an acces point to rethink our ideas of health.