The riddle that every social media outlet begs for answer, yet, time after time, proves to be an impossibility. Perhaps this is simply my own unsolvable query, the answer to who I am, or what I am about. But here I go, yet again, trying to answer this enigma.
I am a writer, an author, as well as an artist, and a dedicated friend. Others come before my own needs, and my family is my everything. Everyone is an equal, no one is bigger or smaller in my books; we are all human and deserve the same care. For the past 13 years I have been actively trying to understand my eating disorder through varying methods.
I am an awareness advocate for mental illness, and aim to make sure new hope and understanding is born for those with eating disorders.
Weaving from the realm of romantic cryptic poetry; I’ll spill all the nitty-gritty in common linguistics. Alumni of the Victoria College of Art and Design, as well as NSCAD University, where my love for photography and art history became obsessive. I am the creator and artist behind Abattoir Lane Studios in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Day in day out I release my imagination onto wooden canvases.
Laughter Silvered Winged was born back in August 2010, as a means to help bring public awareness to what eating disorders were. This became the platform for me to express, share, and debate my own struggle with ED, as well as explore the current misconceptions of how treatments are considered unflawed and talk about the new advancements in education about mental illness, including eating disorder programs globally.
In January of 2011, I took part in a group exhibition with my fellow peers at NSCAD University, at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, NS. My piece “Disorderd Control” was a 6 month documentation of my bulimic rituals presented on large scale photographs. The infamous binge-tryptic (before a binge, during, and after, where I am shown holding a plastic bag of vomit) generated curiosity onto the deeper mental construct of this illness. One I continue to explore today, as the documentation of my illness and recovery progresses.
Then there is my novel in the works. A memoir centered around my own journey with my eating disorder, self-mutilation, and the unconventional recovery process I have adopted that diverges from common treatment plans.