Pseudomelanosis coli (2019) pigmented latex, senna pods, polyester fringe, steel rod. 1.3 x 0.8 x 1m. Shown in Matthew Verdon's Vestigial Traits and Evolutionary Spandrels at Kelder Projects

The below text contains descriptions of laxative abuse
Pseudomelanosis coli is a condition which occurs in the colon after prolonged abuse of athraquinone stimulant laxatives, often derived from plants. The areas of darkened tissue are caused by apoptosis, a form of cell death. Colonoscopy confirmed that when I was abusing laxatives, these areas of cell death were littered across my large intestine. 
Senna is the most ubiquitous of the athraquinone laxatives. Plant derivatives are often turned into tablets, but the seed pods are also used. I incorporated these into the sheets of marbled latex, and their incorporation created halos of staining in the latex.
The use of senna has occurred since the 13th century, and purgative cures are littered across medieval and Enlightenment medicine. However, the Victorian era in Europe was marked by the creation of 'autointoxication', a fictitious belief that constipation would cause poisoning in the body. An entire, vast industry was created around the relief of constipation. 
The welded steel crinoline was a reference to the disciplining of bodily functioning of this era, and its contribution to an ongoing cultural horror of bodily functions. Even talking about shitting is shrouded in so much shame, and I keep thinking about lines around propriety and bodily eruption. 



    Exhibition Images

    Performance: You are what you eat 

    She masticated nothing 


    Workshop 1: Sewing, Eating, and Knowledge 

    Workshop 2: Lorina Bulwer archive visit 


    What is consuming you 

    Scrofula I 

    Scrofula II 

The silence of the organs 

    Overnight relief 

    Pseudomelanosis Coli

    Nerve Storms

Oceanic Feeling

    The way I feel it slipping all over me 

    How deep is your love 

    Shell toes 

Significant Others

    Letters to Arm 

    Mirror Mirror 


    It has to be baby plum 

    Trying Hard to Think Pure 


Food is a convenient metaphor for existence 

    Ribolitta I 

    Ribolitta II 

    Cheese of the soul 

    Death becomes her 

Hands and desire 

    Pearly queen 


    Archive visit to Bath Fashion Museum 

Salvage Accumulation 


    Lick My legs: The Talking Cure 

    Teratoma: mesoderm


Bitter Tears 

    Lounge Lizard

    I Scream for Ice Cream 

    Every time you vent your spleen