American artist Erica Spitzer Rasmussen turned her fight with insomnia into a piece of art when she made a dress out of her sleeping pill prescriptions.
Minnesota-based professor, Rasmussen, has been struggling with insomnia for a long time. She has saved up a lot of prescriptions for sleeping pills over the years.
From that collection, she used 2,000 of these sleeping pill prescriptions and transformed them into the piece, “Dreaming of Sleep.” The piece of art is a floor-length nightdress.
The entire dress has been created out of scanned Walgreens medical paperwork, custom-printed onto wallpaper, says Dangerous Minds.
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The idea for the art came to her about three years ago after a specific restless night.
“I’m an insomniac,” said the artist. ““I finally fell asleep in the early morning hours. When I reached a few fleeting moments of sleep, I dreamt about sleeping peacefully.”
According to her, moments after that the alarm clock woke her up. She took a pad of paper next to her bed and wrote “dreaming of sleep.”
The insomniac artist said that it is very unfortunate that a satisfying night’s sleep for her is generally achieved through medication.
She believes that “Dreaming of Sleep” is a self-portrait that portrays her vulnerability towards those sleeping pills, created by the pharmaceutical industry.
According to several media reports, the creation of the dress took four months with 2,000 replicas of her sleeping pill prescription labels and four rolls of custom wallpaper to create.
The Minnesota-based art professor said that in a week’s time, life-size medication labels appeared at her doorstep.
“I use clothing as subject matter because it provides me a ground on which to investigate identity and corporeality,” Rasmussen said.
She also added that she finds bodily experiences “simultaneously comical and horrifying.” The centre of this creation is her chronic insomnia that acts as the bodily experience.
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According to Huffington Post, the nightdress was deliberately composed of a simplistic shape. She said that the dress is devoid of gloss as it refers to the “sterile, clinical fashion associated with the medical community.”