Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disorder affecting the myelin, the white matter that coats the nerves enabling them to conduct impulses between the brain (the “gray matter”) and the rest of the body. As a person with MS, gray matter is always on my mind. The erosion of myelin results in my case in symptoms as paralysis and shaking in the right side of my body. One of the tools for diagnosing MS is an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan. Looking back at my scans, I find in them an intriguing way to visualize my condition. The result is this group of paintings titled “Gray Matter.” Due to MS I cannot use my right hand anymore and this group of work was done with my left hand. I am using metallic paint to convey the surreal experience of undergoing the magnetic imaging test that includes a loud and intimidating metallic sound.
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