Artist Takes Different Drugs Everyday To Paint Self Portraits

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.