Ana Maria Gomides - oh well

Arts Access Victoria presents The Museum of Us

A digital zine about living in a neurodiverse and mentally ill body.

oh well art piece with a portrait of Ana Maria Gomides
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About the work

Content warning: this zine is largely about living in my neurodiverse and mentally ill body.

As such, it contains descriptions of the symptoms I experience, the behaviours I engage in, as well as mentions of suicidal ideations and attempts.

Acknowledgment of Country

I’d like to pay my respects to the elders of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, custodians of Narrm/Birraranga, where I live, work and exist as an uninvited guest, a settler.

My Indigeneity and Blackness don’t change the fact that I’m a benefciary of Indigenous dispossession here. This includes having access to the welfare provided by the same racist government whose laws continue to marginalise the true owners of so-called Australia.

As such, I’d like to extend my respects to any other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander folks encountering my work. Always was, Always will be.

Dedication – welcome to the house of 'emoceans' for all the cynical, disabled and chronically fully sick babes of the world.

I feel ya. Life sucks and then you die.

For my chosen family, members of the legendary 'House of Emoceans'. Because of you, I still exist.

And for Gus. Smooching, snoozing, or staring at me lovingly, judgingly - thank you for always being by my side...Did you know that hedgehogs are really cool?

'Cause, in winter, they huddle together for warmth, even though they end up hurting each other in the process, on account of being so spiky.

The ones who wander away from the huddle to protect themselves from the pain rarely survive.