Photography/Archival inkjet print
123 x83 cm. Framed
Edition of 6
Hysteria is part of a larger body of work called Lay Her Down Upon Her Back which is project that explores the legacy of the 1880’s treatment known as The Rest Cure. The Rest Cure was primary prescribed to women as a catch all treatment for things such as frailty, appearing “bloodless” and hysteria. The treatment involved up to 3 months bed rest, isolation from your friends, family and family nurse, overfeeding to increase body fat, and electrocution to reduce muscle atrophy due to the inactivity of the treatment. The treatment was administered by the male doctor and meant the female patient was completely reliant on him, creating a power relationship between doctor and patient that many found troubling. The rest treatment was practiced widely both in the United States and in Europe until the 1930’s when it was discredited, however its legacy and the attitude towards women’s health and pain still linger.