This piece is intended to be displayed as part of the My Series, a body of work loosely dedicated to Tracey Emin's My Bed, in which I explicitly approach the subject matter of rape culture through my direct experience as a survivor of sexual violence.
The letters "HE POSSESSES ME" made from skin-like fabric is nailed to the wall with instructions that asked the participant to remove a piece from each letter of “HE POSSESSES ME” and let it fall to the floor. This piece focused on my sense of body dissociation, the "experience of separation from bodily experience or bodily self, and emotional disconnection—difficulty with identifying, expressing, and attending to emotion. Bodily dissociation is thought to be a protective strategy against painful memories, thoughts, or feelings and is a mechanism commonly used to cope with physical pain, and trauma.”
The wordplay, action asked of the participant, and material choices contributed toward a successful piece in which participants described loss, emptying, and tension of pulling bodily-like materials out of the letters. The consensus was a feeling of discomfort, sadness, and loss.