As a part of my Sociology of Health and Illness course with Brett Stockdill at Northeastern Illinois University, I was asked to address the Chicago police torture cases with a piece of artwork or other creative endeavor. There are times when I believe photos can convey what words never can, and I was at a loss for words after reading about the cases and hearing Darrell Cannon speak about his experiences.
Of the many disturbing things I read and heard about, I focused on the use of everyday objects as torture devices. I took an inventory of the list of objects used to torture the individuals in these cases, and found that many of the objects that were used could be found in my apartment. Not only are these objects found in my apartment, but they are objects that I use often if not every day. It made my stomach turn when I thought about the type of thoughts that would lead someone to use these objects as torture devices. Beyond that, even, it made me incredibly upset to think about the possibility that survivors may now see these objects as triggers. Recovery after a traumatic event is difficult enough without having constant reminders surrounding you.