The "Pathogen" series is a collection of monotypes inspired by bacteria. I've lived with Crohn's disease since 2012. Its a disease for which there is no known cure or cause, but some believe its caused by a bacteria in the gut.
I set out in creating this series with this idea in mind- that something as minuscule as bacteria could have changed my life so drastically.
Each painting involved several different layers of material. And as I worked, I found that the process was more important than the finished product. Through the act of the addition and subtraction of the layers with painting, scraping, rubbing, and erasing, I didn't feel helpless to something that controlled me.
It was as if I was uncovering the cause of my disease, and transforming it into something beautiful.
Materials: oil paint, chalk pastels, mineral spirits, and acrylic ink
*Does not include frame