Stag Beetle

By Ptolemy Elrington

COUNTRY: United Kingdom

DISEASE: Psoriasis

FORMAT: Mixed Media Sculpture

ARTIST’S SUMMARY

This beetle is heading somewhere. It has purpose and strength and is preparing to fly. We often feel small under the eyes of others, and with a visible and constantly uncomfortable affliction this can cause us to feel reduced to the status of an insect. But everything has a place, and therefore everybody has validity which we must strive to recognize, and must strive to apply to how we view ourselves and others. This patient’s moment of meaning centers on hope, progression and potential.

PATIENT’S PERSPECTIVE

“For over 17 years Psoriasis had become the essence of me, dominating family life. I was isolated, fearful and self-loathing, overwhelmed by long periods of hospitalization and endless clinical appointments. Although my Psoriasis is not cured, since 2005 it has become manageable. Psoriasis reminds me of its presence at the least convenient times. It no longer holds me back but propels me on to make my voice heard in improving the services available to other sufferers.”

About Perspectives

‘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, [...] continue the story

Fusion

By Pili Farrulla

COUNTRY: Puerto Rico

DISEASE: Crohn’s Disease, Psoriasis & Rheumatoid Arthritis

FORMAT: Painting

ARTIST’S SUMMARY

The painting is triptych or three paintings in one. The first painting shows the battle with joint pain that Rheumatoid Arthritis patients face. The second painting depicts Crohn’s Disease and Psoriasis – conditions that need heart and courage to fight. The third painting represents all three conditions. The transparent or gray person represents the emptiness and confusion felt when a patient is diagnosed. The middle person shows how as years pass, patients improve physically and mentally. All have heads held high, signalling their determination in overcoming obstacles.

The full-colored person shows an empowered and healthier patient. The three stripes represent each disease. Throughout the paintings, the color gray depicts the pain and emptiness in their lives.

PATIENT’S PERSPECTIVE

Patient with Rheumatoid Arthritis: “At the moment of my diagnosis I felt like an outcast. I’m a true warrior who has been fighting an uphill battle that most of you can’t imagine. Now I feel very positive and I see the light at every step of my disease.”

Patient with Crohn’s Disease: “During this long journey of my disease I have found that my family’s and my physician’s amazing support has made it possible [...] continue the story

Nothing But Strength

By Lizzie Carr

Medium used: Charcoal on ANW paper

Artist Biography

Lizzie Carr is an internationally exhibited painter, independent curator, and published writer, studying at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Carr is in her final year of study at the college as a Painting Major. Carr is originally from London, England, United Kingdom, and currently resides in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Using the artist’s words, summarize the artwork and how they feel it reflects the patient’s moment of meaning

My initial idea going into this project was to create a very large, very detailed, and very emotional portrait of the person paired with me. However, the expression I was looking to depict involved sadness, defeat and solitude. After meeting with her, it was impossible for me to do this, because this amazing woman was anything but; she was nothing but strength. With this charcoal drawing I hope to portray the true essence of this inspiring woman I met. Though she has struggled in life, she has come out the other side strong, proud and all the more experienced for going through what she has. When posing for the photographic reference, I asked her to recall the moment she decided not to give up and [...] continue the story

Terry’s Story: Living with Psoriasis

Popular radio morning-show host Terry DiMonte sat down with Canadian Skin correspondent Preet Bhogal to talk about being in the public eye while dealing with psoriasis.

By Preet Bhogal

Terry DiMonte is glad he works in radio because there have been days when his psoriasis was so severe and wearing clothes was so painful that he did his show in his boxers. Terry’s story is like that of many other psoriasis patients—only in his case, Terry couldn’t always hide behind the microphone.

“My whole thing was complicated by the fact that I was in the public eye in Montreal,” says Terry. “When I met people as a radio and television personality, I would extend my hand to shake and they would sometimes look at it and go ‘oooh, what’s the matter with you?’ There wasn’t a whole lot of knowledge about skin disease back then.”

Terry’s condition began in his early 20s, when he noticed something under his fingernails. The doctor just told him to clip his fingernails, but it began to spread—to his elbows and knees, then one patch, then another. By the time he was 30 he had psoriasis from his neck to his toes.

“It affects your confidence in the most everyday things. I’d make excuses for everything because I didn’t want to go to the beach and have to take my shirt off or wear shorts. I wouldn’t go golfing because it would involve [...] continue the story

In Their Own Words 1 : Allan

Over two decades of living with psoriasis has taught Allan a lot-including the importance of a strong support network.