silent storm

project statement

My body starts to tremble, sweat and stiffen. Pupils dilate and dizziness overtakes. A response of fight or flight comes up, but instead I freeze. I just sit and stare. The mind knows there is no danger, yet the body is in panic mode.


 
I feel lonely and am in need of support. Silently I reach out. 
 
Is there someone to pick me up? 
To hold me? 
Can someone make me feel safe again?

I want to scream, but no sound comes out. 
 
I resist what is happening and an urge to control this arises. Through frustrated thoughts, I take deep breaths and try to ground feet that only want to run away. 
But I can’t run. I stay. Paralyzed and drowning. 
 
I wait until it passes. My silent cry remains unheard.

 
I don't know how to voice my needs, my limits, my anger. 
The overwhelming storm wipes me out. I want to lie down, curl up and go to sleep.
I felt it then and I feel it now.
 
 
I try to find a calming scene, as a way out of my inner storm.
 
Once light finds it way back in and the ground stabilizes, the feeling of safety returns. The process has progressed and I feel stronger. A small residue of insecurity and fear of the fear however always seems to stay.

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The photographs below are for sale, please email for orders.

50x70cm on Hahnemuhle fine art textured paper with deckled edge

edition of 7

€700,-

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Please contact me to explore the possibility of organizing an exhibition or publication.

IRIS VALENTINA 2020

06-19817596

Studio: Daam Fockemalaan 22, Amersfoort
Post: Parklaan 76, 3722BG Bilthoven 

Nederland, the Netherlands