Brain Scans Inspire Artist To Create A New Kind Of Self-Portrait

Proof you never know what people are going through.

Artist Daisy Patton, who cleverly uses social engagement to cover topics like history and memory, created an art series tracking the multiple sclerosis in her brain. Called Deterioration, Patton assigned a color scheme to each of her MRI scans. The color red signifies a new lesion, which denotes progress in the disease.

"When I have visitors in my studio, they see these colorful images and always ask what they are, responding to them as vibrantly colorful, mysterious images," Patton wrote to A Plus. "When I explain the project, the ones that are unfamiliar with MS (which are most), think I am dying, comment that I "look fine," or insist if I change my diet or life in some way, I could be cured. I recently gave an artist talk on this body of work, and I had a few people approach me later feeling relief that others understand what it is like to deal with an 'invisible' illness."

Here are nine powerful pieces of artwork that make the invisible battle so many people are fighting visible.

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Daisy Patton is in a residency program with RedLine Denver, an arts organization devoted to arts education, community involvement and social justice. Her works can be seen at the Michael Warren Contemporary gallery, and on her Instagram page.

(H/T: Mukilteo Beacon)