By Matthew Ng
My practice is characterized by experimentation and challenging the authority which is restriction. I wish to make clear what is restrictive. I believe that humans have a natural tendency to avoid restriction, and by understanding it people can then stay away from it. My goal is to make the world a better place through art, because I believe art has that inherent power. How we tap into that power and how potent it can be is still the one question I explore every day.
Using the artist’s words, summarize the artwork and how they feel it reflects the patient’s moment of meaning
To go through the experience of having an IMID an individual becomes unable to have a regular social life. The side effects may include tiredness, pains and cramps. With this project I tried to represent the death of the individual by creating a memorial monument and surrounding it with flowers. The disease is like an obsessive shadow figure that never leaves you. Its psychosis is undeniable and its mark never leaves you! The burn marks “Me and you Forever” represents the scars left by the disease.
Using the artist’s words, describe how they felt about this experience
This project for me represents an opportunity to bring my art to a world outside of an art context, and to become part of a larger project to bring awareness to a meaningful cause. I wish to contribute to this project by displaying the condition of IMID as an organic entity to maybe bring a different perspective on this condition. Speaking with the individual was a very special experience for me. Although he had been living with this disease for many years he never let it bring down his spirit. What an inspiration for me, and I suspect he has inspired many others before me with his kind and gentle nature.
From Travis’ mom; Travis lives with Crohn’s disease; his mom (Sheila) lives with Ulcerative Colitis
I believe this was an amazing project. Thank you so much for putting this together- hope to see more like this in the future. Highlight: In being able to share our story, I realized what the journey was all about. How far we had come and that despite all the challenges…. we still want to fight.
‘Perspectives – Art, Inflammation and Me’ is an initiative that brings together more than 200 artists with patients in more than 40 countries. Together, they have created a series of paintings, sculptures, photos and other artistic expressions that vividly depict — and help others understand — the impact of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMIDs). Inspired by patients’ stories, independent artists and students from a number of art universities created each piece to help more people better understand the burdens associated with some of these chronic and debilitating conditions. In addition to independent artists from all parts of the world, students from more than 15 universities coordinated by the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Universitat Politecnica de Valencia) were able to add their “Perspectives.”
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More than 100 unique artistic expressions from ‘Perspectives – Art, Inflammation and Me’ debuted at the 9th Congress of the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) in Copenhagen, Denmark February 20, 2014, generously supported by AbbVie.