This costume represents painful chronic eczema. Pain although very real and physical, can sometimes be linked to our repressed emotions. The woman who inspired this costume came to realise that her painful eczema flared when she didn’t feel secure in her own skin. Through reading feminist poetry in her native French, she realised the true depths of her anger. Looking down at her hand, a tight fist hid the raw, painful skin but represented the anger within.
“What I learned thanks to eczema is that feeling anger is healthy. It means I matter, I have worth, boundaries, that I am taking space.”
This costume is unapologetic. She can fight.
The feelings of eczema was described as marching army ants on the legs. This is represented by embroidered poetry by French women artists.