THE SECRET LIFE OF AN EATING DISORDER, 2018

Continuing the theme of eating disorders, work is currently being created for an installation at the Knitting & Stitching Show. One of the main features of this artwork will be a one-twelfth scale dolls house in which the bedroom is furnished with a miniature version of a hospital bed, along with a tiny drip stand, weighing scales, stethoscope and blood pressure cuff. In a solo gallery, a life-size bedroom/hospital room will be created as a close replica of the miniature dolls house bedroom and will be furnished with a full-size hospital bed; actual medical equipment will be adapted by using textiles and hand stitch to create individual artworks. The dolls house will sit inside the installation as an indication of scale; inside the dolls house is a miniature house (1-48th scale), and within that is a really tiny house barely a millimetre high.

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“Caren’s artwork invites you to a raw and harrowing viewpoint of eating disorders in a way that isn’t so confrontational, cliché, triggering or horror movie-esque. It invites you to decipher your own feelings about the subject.” Eating disorder patient in recovery

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 What's Going On Upstairs...

What's Going On Upstairs...

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This meticulously crafted doll 'Mia' was a commission, and created by Julie Campbell who designed and made the wonderful dolls for the television adaptation of The Miniaturist which was screened on BBC1 in late December 2017

 Alex's Room....reflection in mirror

Alex's Room....reflection in mirror

 Kitchen (detail)

Kitchen (detail)

 Clean Eating Room (detail). Fruits and vegetables are being scrubbed with cleaning products in a place where diets are taken to an extreme level…

Clean Eating Room (detail). Fruits and vegetables are being scrubbed with cleaning products in a place where diets are taken to an extreme level…

 Detail of bedroom

Detail of bedroom

 Bathroom

Bathroom

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Exhibited in:

‘What’s Going On Upstairs’, The Knitting & Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, Gallery TG11, London (2018)

‘What’s Going On Upstairs’, The Knitting & Stitching Show, The RDS, Gallery TG6, Simmonscourt, Dublin, (2018)

To be exhibited in:

‘What’s Going On Upstairs’, The Knitting & Stitching Show, Harrogate Convention Centre, Gallery TG2, Harrogate (22nd - 25th November 2018)