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Red Parts Whole

© Martha Fleming-Ives

Red Parts Whole is an intimate portrait of my sister told through reworked family photographs, letters, journal entries and pictures made over the last 10 years. The series captures my sister's descent into mental illness as a teenager, and her current struggle with her bipolar disorder as an adult and single mother. The photographs break from a traditional narrative to incorporate techniques of documentary photography, the inclusion of ‘failed’ family photographs (images omitted from our family albums), and references to iconic literary representations of female mental illness such as Shakespeare's Ophelia and the 1892 short story The Yellow Wallpaper.

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