Stoma Wall (detail)
Stoma Wall (detail)
The United Ostomy Association has estimated that 75,000 ostomy procedures are performed each year. This translates to an average of slightly over 200 each day. In March 2005 I began a year-long project to recognize the myriads of anonymous individuals with ostomies and the seemingly mindless acceptance of this practice on the part of scientific, pharmaceutical and medical communities. Every day I used a hand-carved rubber stamp to print 210 stomas acknowledging those who were undergoing various types of ostomy surgery that day. At the end of the year I had seventy-nine 18" wide by 72" long strips of paper - a total of more than 75,000 stomas with which to paper the walls of the Hidden Agenda installation. The "Stoma Wall" is a poignant reminder that even though not much is said about this barbaric practice, it is a fact of life for a significant number of us.



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