Chronic pain within a family context: an art project informed by lived experience

Walton, Pat (2016) Chronic pain within a family context: an art project informed by lived experience. In: Encountering Pain Conference, 1-2 July 2016, London, UK. (Unpublished)

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Pain is still widely considered a phenomenon restricted to the sufferer’s experience, yet, it has as it were a rippling effect on the sufferer’s social circle, particularly the immediate family relationships. The research aims to visualise the issues experienced by families, who are coping with chronic pain - as patients, spouses and children. My aim was to create a collection of photographic images by interpreting and translating the sheaf of emotions into pictures which may provide sufferers and their families with a tool to improve understanding, communication and ultimately family life. Additionally, this work intends to show the complexity of the phenomenon of chronic pain to people unaffected by those intricate issues, who therefore might hold a naive understanding of its impact on daily life. I was aiming to produce a body of work which could enable viewers to consider their own and others emotional experiences without the need for words but with a susceptible mind, allowing engagement and partaking in an activity which has the potential to enrich their understanding of themselves and others.

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Departments: Academic Departments > Business, Law, Policing & Social Sciences (BLPSS)
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2017 16:25
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 16:00


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