Worsham, Erin Brady
|Art Form||Digital art|
|Keywords||Body Self-Image, Chronic Illness/Chronic Disease, Communication, Death and Dying, Depression, Disability, Disease and Health, Empathy, Humor and Illness/Disability, Ordinary Life, Patient Experience, Society, Spirituality, Suffering, Survival|
A woman's profile occupies the foreground of this computer-generated image. She is depicted from the base of her neck up to near the top of her head. A blue device protrudes from her neck, and a small section of a ridged tube, presumably connected to the blue device, occupies the bottom right-hand corner of the image. The device is a tracheal breathing tube, shown in the online photograph of the artist that accompanies the image. Worsham suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
The artist investigates her 10-year battle with the social repercussions of ALS and life as a disabled individual. In her own commentary on the piece she admits that "the rude indifference of people who stare will always hurt, but they can't be blamed for believing only their eyes." Worsham questions whether people are "baffled by the mouth that always seems to be smiling at some private joke, or repulsed by the drool that unexpectedly dribbles down the chin? Do they take my garbled speech as an indication of some mental disability, or assume that my thoughts and emotions are as frozen as my body?"
|Location of Original||Property of the artist|
|Annotated by||Bertman, Sandra L.|
|Date of Entry||07/25/06|