Pin Cushion, 2019
Tin Foil, Salt Dough, Nails, Acrylic Paint, Ink.
20cm x 20cm
Pin Cushion is a representation of the neurological pain experienced by people living with fibromyalgia. The painful sensations include tingling, numbness, prickling, burning, and stabbing among a variety of other symptoms.
The sculpture is a purposefully minimalistic piece to leave room for other fibromyalgia-associated ideas to form. For example, the brain-like shape could be a reference to the cognitive problems and migraines that are also symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. It could also be interpreted as a representation of an alternative treatment option, specifically acupuncture, which helps to ease fibromyalgia pain by reducing stress and acting as a coping mechanism.