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Making the invisible visible: Exploring life with chronic illness/disability through puppetry

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Making the invisible visible is an autobiographical essay about living with chronic illness/disability and the power of puppetry to tell the author’s story. The author reflects on the ‘Life Outside the Box’ puppet project, which she facilitated with fellow people with disabilities. As her health is in decline, she has explored more accessible puppetry formats during mentoring with Dr Emma Fisher. The resulting ‘Invisible Octopus’ project explores her reality: making the invisible visible. Even to herself.

Keywords: accessibility; art-based research; disability; illness; invisible illness; puppetry

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Freelance artist, writer and puppet designer

Publication date: July 1, 2020

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  • The Journal of Applied Arts and Health serves a wide community of artists, researchers, practitioners and policy-makers evidencing the effectiveness of the interdisciplinary use of arts in health and arts for health. It provides a forum for the publication and debate within an interdisciplinary field of arts in healthcare and health promotion. The journal defines 'health' broadly which includes physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, occupational, social and community health.
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