“But you look fine.”
What we can’t see we struggle to understand, this is especially true of chronic conditions. However, what if we could see, touch, and squeeze how individuals conceptualise their condition, the sensation, the colour, the shape. If we could interact with how individuals view their condition within themselves, perhaps we could gain a degree of empathy of these often-invisible conditions.
This project began through exploring the relationship between object, meaning and interaction, especially through the lens of play and play therapy. I then applied this to how we struggle to understand others chronic conditions.
The basis of these objects was a series of interviews with individuals who have chronic conditions. I wished to specifically explore how they feel, view, and see their condition and the impact on them socially. The relationship I had with the interviewees directly related to the making of the objects. Through three iterations I was able to refine the pieces until they better illustrated what the individuals experience.
The further development of this concept is something which I wish to explore in more depth, to assist individuals within wider healthcare applications.