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Get Paused is a survival story about how a brain tumor, a stroke & health challenges changed my art. I paused and saw these images.
Get Paused is a survival story about how a brain tumor, a stroke & health challenges changed my art. I paused and saw these images.
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I got sick and my life was put on pause. By slowing down and pausing, it gave me the opportunity to notice and appreciate things that normally would be overlooked. The goal of Get Paused is to help others living with illness, going through grief, or the hardship of life, slow down and be grateful for another day. Sharing my story will accomplish this and show how unfortunate experiences had a positive effect on my art.

The Get Paused project has 2 phases. 


The first phase is to produce exhibition prints to be presented to galleries with the intent to book a show.
My vision for a gallery show is to create large digital frames, one frame for each series. The screens will be displayed as a path. The path will show my reality of how the illnesses changed my art and my art changed the illnesses. The screens will create a reality show.


The second phase is to produce a book. The photographs stand on their own. The Rust in Bloom Series, and The Hold On Series have won International Photography Awards. The book will tie in my survival story through illness and loss and how my work changed through these experiences
Supporting this project will enable to make this happen. I’m grateful you’ve taken the time to look at this project and grateful for your support.

Bike 1
Bike 1

Chapter 1: The Bicycle Project

The birth of the bicycle project came out of my frustration of having many bikes stolen. It is a hazard of New York City life. How many of us have locked up a bike only to come back and find the seat missing, the tires gone, or various other parts removed? Sometimes the whole bike is gone and only the mangled lock remains.
As the project evolved it took on a new meaning. In 1997 I started having autoimmune problems. My body changed and so did the purpose of the project. Since 1997 I’ve had my thyroid removed, a hysterectomy, a stroke like incident causing a speech language problem called aphasia, and recently a brain tumor removed.
With every surgery, I could relate to the bikes lying there with another part taken away. As a direct result of this, I entered the world of welfare, food stamps and medicaid. Decisions about my health were not made by me. Navigating through the system was challenging. At times I was the bike and the lock. I felt locked into a system that I didn’t know how to navigate through. I felt like a bike with no wheels or handle bars to steer me. I felt cast aside and left to decay.
The project started out of my frustration of having my bikes stolen or their parts removed. It turned into my autobiography. I became the bikes. I felt abandoned and left behind by the system. On a much larger scale the bikes represent sick and disabled people. How many of these bikes do we walk by everyday and not even notice?

Scream from the Hold On Series
Scream from the Hold On Series
Rust in Bloom 8 from the Rust in Bloom Series
Rust in Bloom 8 from the Rust in Bloom Series

Risks and challenges

The components of this project are complete. The images are ready to be printed, the book is written, all that remains is editing. I have the domain name Get Paused for the website. Currently GetPaused.com is redirected to my personal web site until it can be made live. All I need is the funding. The risks and challenges will occur if I don't get the funds I need to move forward with this.

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