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"Daning Lights"

Christina Collins-Smith

"Daning Lights"

"In my family depression and bipolar disorders are genetic, so I am painfully aware of how the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs to self-medicate can lead to life-long addictions. Dancing Lights, a photo-collage-painting, highlights teenage experiments with alcohol, especially problems suffered by women, personally, socially, and at the hand of others. It begins, flowing right to left, with girlhood fantasies, a promising evening before secretly drinking, then after, where, passed-out, present danger merges with a woozy dream-state reflecting the historical abuse of women. This work is about the present, where teens explore the seductive boundaries of emerging adulthood, sexuality, and the altering substances that connect them to abandonment of inhibition and, ultimately, the inherent nature of humans to embrace the comforts of addiction"