Documenting Madness: Lauren E. Simonutti

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In 2006, Lauren E. Simonutti began hearing voices in her head. She was diagnosed with “rapid cycling, mixed state bipolar with schizoaffective disorder.” As a method of coping with her illness, as well as a way to document it, she began making photographs in the house where she lived in virtual isolation. The large-format images are a mix of self-portraits and still life and are a haunting look into her mind’s descent into madness. She said of her work, “I will either capture my ascension from madness to as much a level of sanity for which one of my composition could hope, or I will leave a document of it all, in the case that I should lose.” Ultimately, Simonutti did lose and passed away last week as a result of “complications from her illness.”

 Lauren Simonutti

Lauren Simonutti

Lauren Simonutti

Lauren Simonutti

Additional Resources
Edelman Gallery
Deviant Art
Flickr

[via 500 Photographers]