Can the aesthetics of care act as a tool to reconsider medical routines in isolation?
Using design as a tool, this project explores the relationship between the physical body and the treatments we take to maintain it.
Am I the same person with or without the medications keeping me alive?
Healthcare is a human right but it often takes a crisis to expose cracks within the system that provide it.
In March 2020, the UK’s NHS advised 1.5 million ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ residents to isolate and protect themselves from Covid-19. This group included those with Cystic Fibrosis, a disease I’ve lived with my whole life.
Many are confronted by the new reality of their own medical vulnerability. Doctors exist through a screen, and individuals are left to obsess over the minutiae of their daily care. The mundane routines of healthcare at home have been elevated to the priority event of daily life, while understanding of these routines remains unsophisticated.
Relying on domestic materials, such as sugar, I’ve produced a series of speculative objects that amplify my personal healthcare rituals during this period of isolation to question over-medicalisation and encourage a sensitivity to the ways we care for our bodies.
By crafting new and unfamiliar medical routines, for the taking of medicine for example, this project questions the individual and societal value placed on healthcare, reflecting on the nature of medicine itself and its relationship to human ritual.