TrauMonsters

Born during the pandemic and an intense period of reflection, Trishia’s TrauMonsters series weaves physical remnants of lived traumas into dolls. Currently, the series is made up of twenty five dolls, some of which exist as stand-alones while others exist in clusters. The dolls are crocheted with upcycled yarn and filled with found materials. The items that fill each, symbolize a concept in need of processing and release, coming from the artist’s past and current environment.

In 'White People", she fills the dolls with White Privilege—also known as the world’s finest cotton. "Hold Me" is filled with her Insecure Inner Child—old photos of herself from middle school. As the series progresses, the dolls come to hold more neutral and hopeful memories including "Ancestor’s Lessons", utilizing cotton and barnacles to anchor memory to a family trip to a barren seaside, or "Higher Self", which holds a crystal quartz.

By transferring her experiences and observations into tangible items, Trishia mirrors the psychological process of disassociation and coping to make room for healing. In tucking away physical items, Trishia activates chakra healing in the geography of the body, honoring the lessons of each memory, and putting them to rest. 

Materials: Yarn, upcycled/found materials
Lesson: Trauma that is not transmuted is transferred. - KK de la vida

TrauMonsters

Born during the pandemic and an intense period of reflection, Trishia’s TrauMonsters series weaves physical remnants of lived traumas into dolls. Currently, the series is made up of twenty five dolls, some of which exist as stand-alones while others exist in clusters. The dolls are crocheted with upcycled yarn and filled with found materials. The items that fill each, symbolize a concept in need of processing and release, coming from the artist’s past and current environment.

In 'White People", she fills the dolls with White Privilege—also known as the world’s finest cotton. "Hold Me" is filled with her Insecure Inner Child—old photos of herself from middle school. As the series progresses, the dolls come to hold more neutral and hopeful memories including "Ancestor’s Lessons", utilizing cotton and barnacles to anchor memory to a family trip to a barren seaside, or "Higher Self", which holds a crystal quartz.

By transferring her experiences and observations into tangible items, Trishia mirrors the psychological process of disassociation and coping to make room for healing. In tucking away physical items, Trishia activates chakra healing in the geography of the body, honoring the lessons of each memory, and putting them to rest. 

Materials: Yarn, upcycled/found materials
Lesson: Trauma that is not transmuted is transferred. - KK de la vida

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All the Folks I’ve ______ before.
TrauMonster #1

Filled with all the folks I’ve ______ Before (Original Drawings from ‘Cold Girl’s Guide to </3’)

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Capitalist Consequence
TrauMonster #2

Heart filled with plastic used to individually wrap the handmade ube from Laguna, PH

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Hold Me
TrauMonster #3

Head, Bun & Neck filled
with my Insecure Inner-Child (5th-8th grade photos)

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Out (1/3)
Traumonster #4

Made with Scrubby Yarn (100% Polyester—Great for Dishcloths!), SOS Steel Wool Head for cleaning, Body filled with Air

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Damn (2/3)
Traumonster #5

Made with Scrubby Yarn (100% Polyester—Great for Dishcloths!), SOS Steel Wool Head for cleaning, Body filled with Air

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Spot (3/3)
Traumonster #6

Made with Scrubby Yarn (100% Polyester—Great for Dishcloths!), SOS Steel Wool Head for cleaning, Body filled with Air

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Face it
Traumonster #7

Made of Privilege (100% eucalyptuc tree fibre using renewable energy and world's finest cotton)

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Privilege
Traumonster #8

Made of Privilege (100% eucalyptuc tree fibre using renewable energy, recycled polyester, and world's finest cotton)

TrauMonsters (Trauma Monsters) were created through a collaboration of cross-discipline practices and beliefs including somatic movement, climate justice, IFS, CPT and talk therapy, UX and human design theory, Buddhism, Hinduism, sound meditation, magic, crafting, compassion and Love.
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Coddle Me
Traumonster #9

Filled with White Fragility

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White People (1)
Traumonster #10

Filled with White Privilege (World’s Finest Cotton)

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White People (2)
Traumonster #11

Filled with White Privilege

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White People (3)
Traumonster #12

Filled with White Privilege

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White People (4)
Traumonster #13

Filled with White Privilege

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White People (5)
Traumonster #14

Filled with White Privilege

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White People (6)
Traumonster #15

Filled with White Privilege

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Ancestors' Lessons
Traumonster #16

Filled with “Progress”
(World’s Finest Cotton)

Heart holding lessons
(3 barnacles from the Salton Sea)

Each doll was created and filled with upcycled/found materials. The act of repurposing and redefining these materials afforded a way to repurpose and redefine how trauma exists, what it looks like, where it lives...redefining them into more manageable boundaries, and offering ways to understand how to hold these parts in different ways.
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Ancestor’s Lessons
Traumonster #17

Filled with “Progress”
Heart holding lessons

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I'm Not Racist
Traumonster #18 

Filled with White Privilege

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Remember
Traumonster #19

Filled with strength & memories
(rosemary & thyme)

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Om (1)
Traumonster #20

Dusted with Appropriation
(nag champa ash from the over-priced organic market)

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Om (2)
Traumonster #21

Dusted with Appropriation 
(nag champa ash from the over-priced organic market)

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Om (3)
Traumonster #22

Dusted with Appropriation
(nag champa ash from the over-priced organic market)

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Om (4)
Traumonster #23

Dusted with Appropriation
(nag champa ash from the over-priced organic market)

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Om (5)
Traumonster #24

Dusted with Appropriation
(nag champa ash from the over-priced organic market)

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Higher Self
Traumonster #25

Heart filled with clarity
(Clear Quartz)

My Boundaries Are(n't)
Mosaics 4: My Boundaries are…

Artists Building Community
Skyline Library | San Diego, California
2020