WHITNEY IS AN ARTIST, WRITER, SINGLE MOM, ANd CHRONIC ILLNESS PATIENT.

UNKNOWN ETIOLOGY IS A PROJECT TO HELP SHED LIGHT ON THE LIVED EXPERIENCES OF
THOSE LIVING WITH CHRONIC ILLNESSES AND THE MANY CHALLENGES THEY FACE.  I HAVE LIVED MORE THAN HALF OF MY LIFE WITH MANY FORMS OF CHRONIC ILLNESS.  ALL HAVE AFFECTED MY LIFE IN VARIOUS DEGREES.  MOST HAVE FALLEN IN THE CATEGORY OF WHAT IS COMMONLY REFERRED TO IN MEDICAL LITERATURE AS "UKNOWN ETIOLOGY".  

I was inspired to start exploring the concept of what it is to live in a gray area.  To have one's life controlled by that which is unknown, and largely invisible to the medical community and many friends, family, and loved ones.  My self portraits experiment with the concept of grief, visibility, story, and identity.  I believe that there is hope inherent in these images; they portray nearly two decades of fighting to survive, search for answers, and live with authenticity.