DERAILED

In November 2017, I had my first art show, DERAILED, at the Volition Gallery, Bell-Ans Center of Creative Arts in Orangeburg, New York. The following text and images may cause distress in some people. Please view at your own risk. The following is my Artist Statement from 2017:

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Last year, I turned into someone I didn't recognize. I lost the ability to harness my mind. My once nimble brain felt foggy and fragmented. I was unclear and anxious all the time. I have spent the last year struggling to heal myself from the physical and emotional trauma that I suffered when the train I was riding to work crashed and derailed in Hoboken terminal on September 29, 2016.  

I was trapped amidst metal and concrete debris that had pierced through the train ceiling onto my head. I never felt such terror—not even when I had escaped from Tower 1 on 9/11. I eventually escaped the train wreckage by jumping out of the emergency window. When I was examined at the hospital along with the other injured passengers, I was given an enormous band-aid for the minor cut on my right hand and then sent home; my traumatic brain injury went undiagnosed and untreated for over 3 months. 

 

As part of my therapy, I took an art class at The Art School at Old Church, expecting it to distract me. Instead, to my surprise, I found myself processing the trauma through my art. By making these train crash pieces, I gave a voice to the terrifying images and sounds that were still plaguing me. Through the brain injury pieces, I was able to express the anxiety, frustration, and cloudiness that I experienced daily. 

 

In short, DERAILED provides a glimpse into my journey from traumatization to clarity, resilience and hope. 

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9/29

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Let Me Be Their Mother . . .

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Derailed

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Emergency Exit

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TUNNEL VISION

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Positive Train Control

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Train on the Brain

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Driverless

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Chronology

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Concussed

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Unraveled

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Tangled

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Concussion Vision

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Fragile

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It's All Just Too Much

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Eye Exercises #1

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Eye Exercises #2

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Untitled (Self-Portrait)

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Death of a Lawyer

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Out the Window

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Nest Egg
(When Man Plans, God Laughs]

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Tra[i]nsition

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