Hannah Arendt notes a distinction between pity and compassion, where the latter is the determined by an intuitive sense of another’s suffering that leads to a practical response. It could be compassion then that drives the work I do, not of course in the sense that the drawings could ever ease the pain of the disease itself, but perhaps in allowing others to ‘bear witness’ to the experience of suffering the work can serve to instantiate the ‘person behind the diagnosis’ and open up the public imagination to the pain, emotional and physical, of the overall illness.

This drawing is inspired by my visit to the Scar Project website:

There is a lot to be debated around the relation between photography and visual art as in drawing – but not now…not here…perhaps the drawing itself is enough.