Origin Story

These self-portraits are an ongoing series that I initially started after my diagnosis of cancer in 2016.

During the long hours at the treatment clinic and lengthy inpatient stays, these works became increasingly crucial to understanding my emotional and psychological state that, even till this day, elude words.

During treatment, my body remained strong regardless of whatever brutal circumstances I found myself in. My heart and mind, on the other hand, were always teetering.

The psychological and emotional fallout from the years of treatment is increasingly evident. As with before, as I have done my entire life, I anchor myself to art, more specifically, these self-portraits. I do so as a means of both understanding and coming to terms with the experiences and the world within which I find myself now, that of recovery and survivorship.

All portraits are either 11″ x 7″ or 5″ x 7″. I use various ink and found staining materials such as fireplace soot, coffee, etc.

©2021 Jeremiah Ray