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13 & 20 November ❘ 6pm - 9pm
Live Performance | 7pm
Viewing by Appointment till 20 November*
*Tel: 07506 693884 to arrange a viewing
This piece looks at many aspects of the condition of ITP , Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura and the psychological effects this condition has caused for me over time. However it can always be interpreted within any of the boundaries of fertility, struggle, loss of youth, loss of control, the need to consume, the toxic relationship that develops during obsession or addiction and the struggle women have with the responsibility and expectation of pregnancy, motherhood and feeling ‘Ripe’.
Provocative ideas and concepts that emerge for me personally as an artist from the pomegranate are in connection with my blood condition and fertility as a woman, as well as being a young person suffering a long term disabling illness that interlinks and progressively exaggerates these concepts for me.
performed, written, devised by HM
Images from the Performance
All images by Mental Images ©Mental Images 2015
A Study of Thrombocytopenia
Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is a bleeding disorder in which the immune system destroys platelets, which are necessary for normal blood clotting. Persons with the disease have too few platelets in the blood. ITP is sometimes called immune thrombocytopenic purpura or simply, immune thrombocytopenia.
If you have ITP and you are tired, depressed, have muscle aches, mood swings, dread the next platelet count, or are just plain scared, you are not alone. There have been several studies that confirm people with ITP often struggle with their disease and treatments.
Duration: 1 minute 24 seconds ©Hannah Taylor 2015
Watch a short, edited Trailer of ‘Ripe’ above. Or choose from a selection video archives on the Asylum Art Gallery's You Tube channel.
There are no known cures, only treatments which manage the condition as you cannot change the information your White blood cells learn to store after destroying your platelets after a few cycles. The longer you have the condition, the less likely you will respond to treatments. For women, periodcycles are often very difficult and it can affect fertility and pregnancy, with a risk of passing on the condition to children.
The only effective long term treatment with the least side effects is a splenectomy which has a success rate of 60-70%. If you are in the higher percentage category, your body responds and platelets return to normal, but because of the nature of the condition you are not guaranteed it will not return.
Please note: both performances* are free to attend. However, numbers are limited due to capacity. Therefore please book online, using the link below, to reserve your place.
*Please be aware that these performances are not suitable for children and / or persons under 16.
'Ripe': Interview with the artist
Duration: 1 minute 21 seconds ©Hannah Taylor 2015
Watch a short, shortly after the premiere of ‘RIPE’ at the Asylum Art Gallery 13 November 2015. Or choose from a selection video archives on the Asylum Art Gallery's You Tube channel.