I named this installation Pain is Pain for several reasons. I have heard people in conversation, one up a person in pain, meaning  "My pain is worse than your pain." I believe if you have pain, whatever the case; body, mind, spirit, nobody's pain is better or worse, more or less, than anyone else's.   The title also addresses the pain involved in the use of narcotics legally or illicitly. Unfortunately, there is still such a stigma attached to addiction. For example, the media reports we are in an opioid epidemic. Opioid addiction has always been a crisis, now it is impacting more white people. This societal stigma often leaves one feeling ashamed and isolated. Whether you are using dope off the street or you have a legal prescription it leads to many painful scenarios. Overdose, withdrawal, stealing, incarceration and institutions. Pain impacts all levels, body, mind, spirit.  This installation displays centuries of Women's Hysteria, now known as postpartum and the shitty protocols of the day in 2019. This visual leads to the hopeful understanding, working past judgment, and the planting of a seed. This seed could be for the large amount of people that do not want to deal with pain, especially other people's pain. Whether it be from illness, depression, addiction,  or injury. Many people say they understand, but remain apathetic.

"Brazilian Throw Rug" above the mantle. 


Overview of bed with artist's adolescent postcard of Marilyn Monroe blown up.

Xerox lithograph of the

sheet music for "Spoonful of Sugar"

Xanax Blanket, Adderall, Seroquel, Morphine, Suboxone Pillows, crêpe de chine photo of artist's spine. All artist's prescriptions. 

Overview of bed and surrounding mess.

Artist's prescriptions, pharmacy shopping basket in resin.

Detail of artist's prescriptions, pharmacy shopping basket in resin.


Late husband's death transcript and autopsy report. Death by overdose heroin, fentanyl, xanax and alcohol in East New York,  2018.

Plastic child next to pay phone at social services.

Boxes of Sumatriptan (migraine medicine) and Prempro (Hormone Replacement), in the closet.

Last payphone in Nassau County at the Department of Social Services. Clear plastic woman with astro turf pubic hair.

Pharmacy bags

Happy Light

Bedside see Artnet review.

over view

Lamp with Oxycodone bottles.


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