I’d like to introduce you to Elizabeth Jameson. I first became aware of Elizabeth through social media – both on Instagram and Twitter where I have been following her journey as a neuroartist for a while. This week, I had the great pleasure of talking to her over Skype.
A public interest lawyer, Elizabeth was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis-MS in 1992. After what she calls an existential crisis (noting that sounds much better than depression) she found her way to art and began a journey of transforming her own brain scans into images that challenge how society views the brain, disability and illness.
Below are some of my favorite pieces of Elizabeth’s, and I encourage you to spend some time on her website looking at all of her images at jamesonfineart.com
I asked Elizabeth how she keeps going – both making art and getting it out there despite her illness. She replied with an infectious laugh, “I’m brilliant and beautiful. After a while, depression gets boring for me. I need to create.” As a quadriplegic she does require assistance and artist Catherine Monahon, her current studio assistant, explained that Elizabeth works full time on her art and is the “legs” of every project. Catherine notes that she, as the assistant, is “running after her ideas and trying to put clothes on them so they can be implemented .” What a great team effort.
Recently Elizabeth gave a TedX talk that you can watch below. You’ll be amazed at the depth and breadth of Elizabeth’s work and the description of her journey.
What’s up for Elizabeth now?
I’m grateful for her choosing to spend some time with me along the way.
Adding to this post - NYTimes article by Elizabeth published July 10, 2020:
I Have M.S. This Is What It’s Like to Be Fed by Other People.
11/4/2018 08:46:56 pm
Elizabeth Jameson is a perfect example that there's a beauty in darkness. She might have some problems with her own being, but that didn't stop her from doing what she think is right; that being an artist is a gift that she must fulfill. Hearing her story and her desire to help the people who have been suffering from the same condition makes me admire her even more. The video features her; and you can definitely see how eager she is to make every little plan she has possible! I will support her all the way, that's for sure!
1/7/2021 02:19:18 am
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1/11/2021 05:15:39 am
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