The original collage is available to buy upon request
From the artist:
This collage depicts a woman on holiday in Paris, struck down by the pain of a million daggers to the bladder – the dreaded urinary tract infection. My aim in the collage was to capture the frustration of missing out caused by cystitis, but also an array of illnesses and pain that creeps up on womxn at the most inconvenient times. The windows flung open symbolise the allure of fun, freedom and romance. How painful it is to sit by the window in pain and watch the world go by.
I wanted to create a comfortable, almost dream-like safe haven in the bathroom, including common remedies for a urinary tract infection. From more recognisable treatments like cranberry juice*, Cystopurin, antibiotics, and pain killers, to more traditional herbal remedies such as dandelion root, lavender, tea tree, a cold compress for a temperature and a hot bath.
The positioning of the figure in the collage is a reference to traditional artistic depictions of women in pain – Hamilton’s The Death of Lucretia, for example, or Titian’s Love, Desire, Death. The paintings present women as seen through the male gaze, often in sensual positions. I wanted to allude to these depictions whilst satirising them by having modern references like the hot water bottle and the thermometer. I think the joy of collage is having unlikely mediums and objects next to each other.
I’d like to dedicate this collage to my sister, who lay on the bathroom floor of a hotel in Paris whilst on a work trip.
*although I was fascinated to read that most of the research which supports this was paid for by Ocean Spray which is a supposedly not useful at all for the treatment of a UTI.