The wood becomes viscera and flesh, then becomes a self-portrait. The wood, like A.M., has no gender and can act as a material metaphor for their queerness and non-binary identity. Much of the wood they use are pieces that have been damaged when the tree was alive and then began to heal. These events cause irregularities in the tree that become flesh-like. A.M. paints the wood to be in a permanent state of healing, with bruising and scabbing wounds. People with mental illness are in a perpetual state of tending to wounds that never will completely heal and remain in flux.
A.M. aims to de-stigmatize mental illness and to connect with others who also suffer from it. The materials that they use in addition to the wood are intended to create a narrative that responds to various facets of mental illness. The vulnerability of the subject matter paired with the boldness of the work exudes an air of power and defiance over the illness as they are formed. A.M. is exploring places where beauty and the grotesque intersect, this exploration becomes the documentation of their illness; it is the anatomy of their melancholy.