And in That Moment III: Snapshot IV Photograph by Aunna Moriarty

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And in That Moment III: Snapshot IV

Aunna Moriarty

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Size: 18 W x 9 H x 0.1 D in

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Dreams happen in just a few seconds but can feel like an eternity and often haunt me throughout my day. Almost every morning, I wake up disoriented, saying “I had a really strange dream last night”, feeling like my reality has been misplaced. My work is influenced by feminine archetypes as well as mental health issues and is often reflective of my own personal narrative as an artist living with Bipolar and OCD. Treatment is about process, process, process. By performing in my own work, I gain agency to create as a character. This theatrical approach offers an out of body experience that gives me access to work through my everchanging moods, sleep patterns, and fears of being a woman with mental illnesses. Constructing sets to perform in, I am able to investigate and process how my unfinished thoughts, called day residues, manifest during sleep. Dreams are my signifier that my mind never rests. And in That Moment allows me to materialize my distorted experiences of people, places, colors, and time. This project is not meant to be a literal translation of dreamland as there are often missing pieces and interruptions throughout the night but rather, it seizes the lingering emotions and disturbances released from these ephemeral moments. These sets, constructed to be domestic spaces, were photographed in nature, playing on both the artificiality and authenticity of dream content. During the wintertime, my emotions become darker and the stillness and numbing quality of snow is comparable. As my Bipolar and OCD often worsens during the cold months, I find that my grandmother often visits me in my dreams. She was the only person in my family who also had Bipolar and OCD and I deeply wish she was still here on Earth so I could ask the many questions I have about coping with a manic-depressive illness. And in That Moment III explores my “visiting spirits” dreams as they often trigger grief while also providing a sense of comfort. I constructed a bathroom scene, mimicking my grandmother’s bathroom. After my grandmother visits me in my dreams, I often feel as though I’m drowning in mixed emotions.

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Photography:Digital on Paper

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Size:18 W x 9 H x 0.1 D in

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I am a multimedia artist working primarily with photography, video, and performance. Influenced by mental health issues and feminine archetypes, my practice is often reflective of my own personal narrative as a woman living with Bipolar and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. I use fashion and set design to aid in a performative-response to human temperament and frequently perform in my own work. Allowing me to gain agency as a character, this theatrical approach offers an out of body experience that gives me access to work through my everchanging moods, sleep patterns, and fears of being a woman with mental illnesses. My work is currently moving towards themes of grief and transgenerational trauma on a collaborative and social scale.