Enlightening Being #11
I began drawing the Unrecognizable series while undergoing chemotherapy treatments after being diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer. While recovering over the course of the next year, I used drawing to feel and heal my way through many complicated thoughts and emotions.
They are a form of self-portrait, attempting to capture the spirit and energy of someone who is looking life and death in the face, meeting and embracing the impermanence and unknowability of life. They are also the self-portrait of a human being in the twenty-first century, going forward into a world full of new possibilities with the question, "who is the one who is unrecognizable at this moment?"
I finished this series in 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, while living in a small Mexican beach community in Oaxaca. The challenges and opportunities enabled by being unrecognizable were still very much present and alive for me during this period of my life...
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