Nadia, on hysteria;
'These poems personify illness, and particularly mental illness, as a feminine creature that plays, speaks, eats, and sings. In homage to the painting of Truth that might act as an epigraph, the poems explore the literal embodiment of female madness, or hysteria. If Hysteria were a woman, what would she eat? How would she spend her weekends?
Using characteristics of the "mad girl" archetype (Ophelia, Bertha Mason), these four poems attempt to simultaneously celebrate and dismantle the cultural stereotypes about female illness, mood swings and chronic pain.'
MINERVA / Series IV : Figurations