My work examines the often disastrous effects of military PTSD on the family structure. After reading about my grandfather’s experience in Guadalcanal, I embarked on a yearlong examination of how his trauma and mental fallout affected two subsequent generations of family. I created a series of self portraits embodying this, playing characters based on various fears.~Alice Teeple
These issues, although addressed today, are still prevalent in the fabric of our society. I wonder how many other families have struggled in secret from this, and hope to illustrate that honorable discharge does not mean the war has ever ended. The ripple effect continues for generations. As more present-day veterans return to their families, the subject of mental health is more poignant than ever in our society.