OK, from the off I’m not avocating this technique, however, whilst not new, it’s pretty interesting. In 1995, artist Bryan Lewis Saunders started a project to create a new self portrait every day for the rest of his life. While this alone sounds like a crazy idea, some of the portraits are being made under the influence of various drugs.
By now, he has created about 10,000 self-portraits and according to his website, “within weeks [of the experiment] he became lethargic and suffered mild brain damage.” Nevertheless, he continued the project, but under medical supervision becoming a frequent guest at the hospital. The series of portraits are interesting and even educational – you can observe the difference that various drugs make on the human brain.’ Like fingerprints, snowflakes and DNA they are all different, no two self-portraits are the same. For hundreds of years, artists have been putting themselves into representations of the world around them. With this work I am doing the exact opposite. I put the world around me into representations of myself as I find this more true to my CNS (central nervous system) and how we all process and percieve experiences.