Sympathy Pains (2010-2011)

A hacked trench coat and synesthetic colored map of points and areas of my chronic pain. Inside the lining, there are metal cones, elastic straps, and unevenly weighted bags of rice sewn to recreate my painful, awkward experience. Pressure sensors dim the lights as the jacket is strapped tighter and the wearer bears more pain, as if they are temporarily giving me relief. The reds are deep, nagging, hanging, embedded aches, fairly constant day to day. Amber signifies sharper pains traveling from the surface inward which aren't as consistent but never leave. Friend and author Maureen Seaberg did a lovely write-up featuring this piece back when she first started writing about synesthesia for Psychology Today.

Days of Captivity by Carrie C Firman
Days of Captivity by Carrie C Firman
Days of Captivity by Carrie C Firman