I have muscular dystrophy. I am not my disease. I am sharing with you as an artist what it is like for me to have this disability.
This is a sketchbook which contains illustrations and writings about my life and disability.
I wrote it as sort of a catharsis, but also as a very pointed way to explain to ablebodied people what it is like to live with a disability.
The good and the bad.
This kind of organized, linear and subject specific sketchbook is an important way to bring introspection and personal emotions out.
It is all too easy to fall in love with pretty pictures. Having spent most of my life illustrating pretty pictures for other people, I can say with certainty that it is very healing to create a sketchbook like this.
Not only does it challenge my skills to communicate a complex issue in a painting or drawing, it also forces me to get to that place, the zone, where the art flows and I have no thought for tools and techniques. The pen is an extension of my hand. My art flows out of me and on to the pages.
Beware: this book may forever change how you perceive disability.
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