My representation of PTSD aims to convey the feeling of being on edge, exposed to danger, about to lose your head. Using the medieval jousting helmet as my main visual reference, I aim for the vessel to have an iron-like quality, heavy and solid, dull in colour, devoid of sheen, rusty, as if unearthed from the deep earth after centuries of inaction. But the true cost of PTSD is that any protection it affords is illusionary. It does not reach the parts that still hurt. And to depict that, my rusty, jousting helmet leaves the entire upper skull exposed.