Dawne Fahey Fragile

Belconnen, Canberra, ACT 2014

Tap Gallery 2017

Who we are inside, our inner selves, are protected by our psychological defences against traumatic experiences. But when we are subjected to extreme stress or trauma we can literally feel as if we are falling apart. Psychoanalysis refers to this as ‘regression in service of the ego’. The essence of these portraits is to give insight into the felt emotional space of a regressive experience – the fragmentation of falling apart when are boundaries are violated or abused; the struggle to adapt and reintegrate; how vulnerable we feel when our fragile self is exposed, and, recovery from the transitionary nature of the regressive experience.