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Uncertain Form

 

Uncertain Form  is an installation of sugar, ink and paper that reflects my personal experience with diabetes. Ink is added to cast-sugar vessels as a marker of unpredictability and change over time. This characterizes the complex relationship between insulin and the body. While science can explain the effect that ink has on sugar, just as it can explain the effect insulin has on the body, constant variables make accurate predictions difficult. The vessels, for example, change according to the environment. Different levels of humidity and heat begin to dissolve the sugar even before ink is added. Vessel thickness and placement of the wire around each piece also impact where or when a crack forms. Even after a vessel begins to leak, the speed and duration is unpredictable.  Insulin responds in a similar way. While patients may be prescribed a certain dosage, changes in the body and even outside the body can affect what happens. Insulin absorption can be affected by exercise, location of injection site, blood flow, and exposure to hot or cold temperatures while stress, fluctuating hormones, and immune response can directly impact blood glucose. This creates a difficult equation for patients trying to maintain a target range of blood glucose levels.

Uncertain Form is an installation of sugar, ink and paper that reflects my personal experience with diabetes. Ink is added to cast-sugar vessels as a marker of unpredictability and change over time. This characterizes the complex relationship between insulin and the body. While science can explain the effect that ink has on sugar, just as it can explain the effect insulin has on the body, constant variables make accurate predictions difficult. The vessels, for example, change according to the environment. Different levels of humidity and heat begin to dissolve the sugar even before ink is added. Vessel thickness and placement of the wire around each piece also impact where or when a crack forms. Even after a vessel begins to leak, the speed and duration is unpredictable.

Insulin responds in a similar way. While patients may be prescribed a certain dosage, changes in the body and even outside the body can affect what happens. Insulin absorption can be affected by exercise, location of injection site, blood flow, and exposure to hot or cold temperatures while stress, fluctuating hormones, and immune response can directly impact blood glucose. This creates a difficult equation for patients trying to maintain a target range of blood glucose levels.