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Eugénie Frerichs: the subconscious is feeling optimistic

July 6, 2012 - August 31, 2012

First Friday Reception: August 3rd, 6-9pm

the subconscious is feeling optimistic: a photographic tale of the highs and lows of the chronically ill

The photos in this series are reenactments of actual events. The characters shown are real people, standing in as models, playing themselves. The locations are (in most cases) the very locations in which the events took place. The remedies catalogued are tried and true.

The story began in 2010.

The facts:
1. The woman in the hospital gown is me (the artist) and anyone who has ever been a patient.
2. There was a diagnosis: a tumor that is both benign, and rare.
3. Major surgery to extract the tumor.
4. Complications. Imagine chewing gum stuck in your hair.
5. A wacky and wild adventure in the world of physical rehab.
6. Photos. Patient propaganda.

A project by Eugénie Frerichs and friends.

Special thanks to friends Emily Ryan, Marcus Swanson, Brian Tobin, Toren Volkmann, Tahni Holt, Sarah Van Raden, Kimberly Hoeschler, Marya Deda, Dr. Katherine Morris, Matthew Lueders, David McClure, Peter Murray, Ryan Dobrowski, Greg Hennes, Lincoln Miller + Ann Ploeger, Corey Arnold, Sandbox Studio, Jane Beebe, Jon Hart, Patrick Long, Amy Carleton, Marni Beardsley, Michele Loew, Kathleen Kirgin, Andrea Nakayama, Bobby Pinkham, Daniel Sharp, JD Dunn, Matthew Collier, Malia Jensen, Dave Doernberg, Amber Shoebridge, Wendy Tucker, Selma Annala, Ingrid Carlson, Nathan + Kate Frerichs, Bedonna Smith, Fritz Frerichs, Pop + MB, and the Good Samaritan Hospital.

This project was funded in part by The Regional Arts + Culture Council.

Eugénie Frerichs lives and works in Portland, Oregon. For more about the project visit suboptimistic.tumblr.com


July 6, 2012
August 31, 2012
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