Morning Light

By  |  August 1, 2016
Morning Light. All photographs © Polly Gaillard Morning Light. All photographs © Polly Gaillard

Artist: Polly Gaillard

Project: December and Everything After

Description: December and Everything After looks closely at end-of-life suffering with a lens on the artist’s aging parents. The images included here follow the steady decline of Polly Gaillard’s mother since 2014, when she was found to have a slow growing abdominal sarcoma. By documenting her mother’s stroke, dementia, compound wrist fracture, hip fracture, hospice, and opioids treatment, Gaillard contemplates elderly care in America and the debate surrounding a person’s right to choose life and death.


This week’s edition of Eyes on the South was curated by series founder Jeff Rich. The weekly series features selections of current work from Southern artists or artists whose photography concerns the South. To submit your work to the series, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Polly Gaillard earned her M.F.A. from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2010; in 2015 she published Pressure Points, a limited edition artist book with a forward by Jamie Lee Curtis. She exhibits nationally and lives in Greenville, SC with her thirteen-year-old daughter Abby. View more of her work on her website or on Instagram: pollygaillard.