Corrosive

Melissa Stewart

Photography

My body of work titled, Corrosive, is a photographic exploration of my personal experience with combat PTSD. The photographs that I made for this series are a combination of the literal and the metaphorical; the images straddle a line between reality and the unconscious mind. The photographs contain a duality that showcase my own personal combat experiences and PTSD symptoms. PTSD is a corrosive condition. It eats away at the internal structure of a person in the same way that rust eats away at iron, thus compromising the integrity of the structure. PTSD is a nightmarish condition that causes the mind and body to turn on itself via nightmares, night terrors, intrusive thoughts, panic attacks, anxiety, isolation and undiagnosed body pain. 

The Devils Inside
Night Terrors
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Their Blood
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Boots.jpg
Porcupine.jpg
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Night Terrors
Purge
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