These images were made in a hospital that is over 100 years old. It was once a children’s hospital but now it is a home for the elderly. It is the only facility in Massachusetts to care for seniors who are both low-income and severely mentally ill.
These walls are the backdrops for activity that is intense, loud, unnerving and often poignant. Yet the walls always look quiet. I wanted the pictures to be slightly disorienting — to suggest the instability but also tenacity of someone frail and unsteady, navigating a space. The rails are how people are guided along. Shuffling, lurching, wobbling, gliding.