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Stacey: Immy, in your artistic career, you have created work around the idea of pain. Can you explain the significance of pain in your work?

Immy: In the introduction of Audre Lorde's book The Cancer Journals, she speaks of strength in vulnerability, in sharing, and in speaking out. She writes, “I had to remind myself that I had lived through it all, already. I had known the pain and survived it. It only remained for me to give it voice, to share it for use, that the pain not be wasted” (2006: 9).

There is a nakedness that comes with sharing. A vulnerability, an awkwardness, and then finally a strength. The sculptural installation Daddy Can I Play?! (2013) (Fig. 1) is a playground for children that is not safe. Pointing to, on the...

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