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Untreated Diabetes

2021. Ten photographs of various fruits stuck with 'Contour' glucose monitor lancets, on various colourful fabrics.

The images presented here are of fruits stuck with glucose monitor lancets, which are used for drawing blood in order to monitor blood glucose levels in people with diabetes. Even though I am Type 1 (Insulin dependent), I was only diagnosed in 2020. This completely flipped my world, and suddenly all of the horror stories of insulin and other diabetes supplies being financially out of reach became my horror story. I consider myself lucky: I had a job that allowed me to apply for 100% coverage of medications shortly after being diagnosed. But, I will never forget the feeling of sitting in a pharmacy, staring at a prescription that would have easily financially crippled me before I knew I could apply for benefits through my work.

Before this experience I felt that the fight of diabetes medical supply coverage was not my fight, like I assume so many others have also thought. Suddenly it became my fight, and it is my wish that others will fight with me, with us. That is the purpose of this series.

Each fruit is labeled according to an illness that they help prevent, an illness that is a side effect of having untreated diabetes. The imagery is meant to appear fun, childish, and akin to the likeness of an ad. This is to suggest that, at first glance, diabetes is an overlooked concept in our country, and living is a commodity that people with diabetes have to pay for. Not the insulin, diabetics pay to stay alive.

Prints of each of these fruits are for sale, and the majority of the proceeds for each print will be donated to an individual with diabetes who is unable to afford the costs of maintaining their health.

If you are interested in making a purchase/donation, please contact me autumn.sjolie@gmail.com.

In Our Image

2021. Burlap, chicken wire, potting mix, peat moss; vegetables, plants, and flowers planted within each sculpture. ‘In the Weeds’, Lowlands Project Space. Photo credit to Autumn Sjølie.

$100 per foot. I will go to a location to build the sculpture(s) into a desired location/environment.

Visually, this series is meant to be a fun installation that creates curiosity and joy while exploring methods to integrate artwork into nature. These sculptures present a metaphor on how consumerist ideologies push consumers to alter ecosystems for the benefit of the humans inhabiting them, usually at the detriment of the ecosystems themselves. The imagery of hands is a literal representation of manipulating landscapes and of the irreversible footprint that consumers inflict.

As well, with the environment traditionally viewed as being feminine, referencing nature creates parallels between environmental critiques and the policing of female bodies and feminine presentation; I believe that the same metaphor I am using to critique the manipulation of ecosystems also applies towards critiquing consumerist views of femme bodies and femininity, in that these ideologies manipulate female bodies and femininity for the benefit of visual consumption in the same ways that the environments that we inhabit are manipulated.

Deprogramming

2019. Series of four drawings, 10 x 14 inches, ink on paper.

This series visualizes my journey of deprogramming my subconscious ideologies of my religious upbringing. The series was made during a transitional period in my life while narrowly avoiding poverty, and the conclusions that I have made about these drawings were made while reflecting on them in 2021; I am still finding hidden meanings as I dig up my subconscious and heal my trauma.

Contemplations of Mortality

2020. Four of twenty paintings, 5 x 5 inches, india ink fingerpainted on coated paper.

This series of mushrooms was worked on during my quarantine in April 2020 with the first wave of Covid-19. During this time, I felt restless and suicidal. Being at home forced me to contemplate all of my emotions that I had pushed down while needing to work 7 days a week to survive prior to the pandemic. I was very focused in my own feelings of personal mortality, and one of the only things that kept me going was a series of outdoor lights that we purchased to give me feelings of childhood wonder.