The process of aging and dying is often viewed as something to be feared or anxious about. However, Locked-In provides a different viewpoint in regards to death from the perspective of an end-of-life care nurse.
The book’s alternative form is based on a quote taken from the interview in which the nurse spoke of a physical state usually occurring near the final stages of life where the lucid patient experiences sensory and motor deficits. Essentially, Locked-In represents the point in which a person loses control over their limbs even though the mind is still active. The four panels of the box represents a person’s limbs as well as common fears people have towards death. As the box is opened, stories of how the end-of-life care nurse helps to calm those fears are revealed.
This piece was featured in the UHM Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, VISION.