“I am my own muse, the subject I know best, the subject I want to better .” Oroma Elewa
Drawing inspiration from Elewa’s words, Seasons is a mixed-medium project, wherein I seek to depict my personal journey with scoliosis condition and Poland Syndrome. Both conditions became evident in my adolescence years, however, the latter only being diagnosed correctly in 2018. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that appears in late childhood or adolescence. Instead of growing straight, the spine develops a side-to-side curvature, usually in an elongated ‘S’ or ‘C’ shape. Scoliosis can occur as a feature of other conditions, including a variety of genetic syndromes. Poland syndrome is a disorder wherein affected individuals are born with missing or underdeveloped muscles on one side of the body, resulting in abnormalities that can affect the chest, shoulder, arm, and hand. I am on a daily journey of discovery with the resolve to keep pushing through the physical pain and psychological effects.
Just as the seasons come and go, the morning Sun prevails in his persistence to overthrow the darkness once again.
I emulate this certain daily ritual with my own, personal struggle powered by my will embracing my journey - fighting, enduring, rising again.
Following my instincts, but forever cognisant of the stormy seas and the ensuing calm that surely lags nearby, I find solace in knowing I will become a Butterfly again… The Never ending Metamorphosis happens once again.