self-harm

Self-harm identifies with the unseen actions of our children who are self harming in response to emotional problems within their lives. Rather than focus on the children themselves, this series examines the implements children use to self-harm. The implements are presented initially as an aesthetically pleasing image. This image is representative of the child before they have self harmed. The images are pure, undamaged, and without distress. The second image has been distressed to represent the child self-harming. In each image the distress has been accomplished by using the implement within the image. The blade of the pencil sharpener has been used to score lines, the map pin has been used to puncture holes, the glass has been used to cut, etc. In this way the implement is also self-harming by being used to distress itself.

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