AP Studio Artist – Josie Moore (STM ’20)

For my sustained investigation, I decided to focus my work around my story and bring awareness to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), a nerve disease. Six years ago, I was diagnosed with CRPS. Everyone sees the crutches and the wheelchair, but very few people see beyond that. Through the visual depiction of my experiences with this disease, I hope that others will see, and feel, what it’s like to live with CRPS.

I chose to visually depict my experiences with CRPS by creating painted basswood relief-carvings. I used color to enhance the dimension of the piece or to draw emphasis to a particular element in the piece. I challenged myself by incorporating various found object media such as clay, cellophane, and copper wire to draw attention to specific parts of my work. Some pieces depict the pain I feel; for example, Burning to Ash, Stabbed by my Monster, Wearing Socks, and Water Droplets. Thermograph of CRPS shows part of the CRPS diagnostic process. Praying for a Cure is meant to depict the feeling of hope. My Color is Orange depicts the color that connects me to everyone else with CRPS. Managing Pain, depicts how my CRPS is treated. All of these pieces are part of my story; when looked at together, I hope the viewer gains an understanding of what it is like to live with CRPS.

Burning to Ash, Basswood, Acrylic, & Cellophane, 9 7/8 in x 8 7/8 in x 3/4 in
Stabbed by my Monster, Basswood, Acrylic, & Paring Knife, 8 15/16 in x 9 13/16 in x 3/4 in
Wearing Socks, Basswood, Acrylic, & Copper Wire, 9 7/8 in x 8 7/8 in x 3/4 in
Water Droplets, Basswood, Acrylic, Plastic, & Nail Polish, 10 1/2 in x 9 3/4 in x 3/4 in
Thermograph of CRPS, Basswood & Acrylic, 9 1/8 in x 12 in x 3/4 in
Praying for a Cure, Basswood, Acrylic Pain, & Rosary, 11 3/16 in x 7 1/2 in x 3/4 in
My Color is Orange, Basswood & Acrylic Paint, 7 in x 10 in x 3/4 in
Managing Pain, Basswood, Acrylic, Pill Bottle, & Clay, 10 3/8 in x 8 11/16 in x 3/4 in

Leave a comment for Josie below!


  1. I’m so UNBELIEVABLY proud of you. The way you turned your pain art is such an inspiration. I know you will continue to do amazing things!

  2. INCREDIBLE Art Pieces

  3. These are AMAZING pieces, Josie! Im sorry you have to deal with this on a daily Basis. Prayers a cure is found!

    Jen Bloom
  4. Josie , you are Such an inspiration. Your beautifUl artworK has so much emotion to each piece. Love “ prAying for a cure” And “ water droplets” the most. Best of luck in Your studies at Marquette!

    Linda Skuhra
  5. Such a beautiful message you present in your work. You’re very talented and I can’t wait to see what you do with your life.

    Tiffany Coblentz
  6. ThIs is some trUly skilled woodworking :))) Skilled imagery, too!

    Jon Wroblewski
  7. You are so amazing!!!

    Mia Storniolo
  8. amazing how you made the unseen to not only be seen But felt.

  9. Josie, Thank you for sharing your pain with us. You brought tears to my eyes as I can see how much pain you live with on a day to day basis and yet you can smile. Your artwork is full of dimension, color and texture. I love Praying for a Cure, because after getting a glimpse of the extent of your pain through your other pieces, I pray for a cure. You are a strong young lady! Wishing you the best at Marquette! Stay strong!

    Kara Raflik
  10. I see alot of people in pain, very often. (Im an ICU Nurse.. so its normal not wierd 😳) i think pain is hard to describe, but you used your talent to Almost literally paint a picture of it. You were able to tAke something that is normally Felt, and turn it into something that is seen. You should be Very proud.

    Shannon Wagner

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