These self-portraits are an ongoing series that I initially started after my diagnosis with cancer in 2016. During the long hours at the treatment clinic and lengthy inpatient stays, these works became increasingly crucial to understanding my emotional and psychological state that elude words even to this day. Throughout treatment, my body remained strong regardless of whatever brutal circumstances I found myself in. My heart and mind, on the other hand, were always teetering. These works evolved over the months and shifted from mere sketches to more in-depth pieces that provided me with a goal, an end-point to focus on. The psychological and emotional fallout from the years of treatment is increasingly evident. As with before, as I have done my entire life, I anchor myself to art, more specifically, these self-portraits. I do so as a means of understanding and coming to terms with the experiences and the world within which I find myself now, that of recovery and survivorship. I have always left these portraits untitled. Initially, I viewed them as self-portraits as they depicted my feelings; they expressed all that I couldn't find the words for. However, I no longer see them as individual portraits containing my own struggles and hardship, but representations of everyone who has struggled with illness, physical or otherwise.
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