On March 30, 1995 Bryan Lewis Saunders made the decision that he was going to draw one self portrait every day for the rest of his life. Several portraits later Bryan began to search for a way that would profoundly affect his perception of himself. That is when he came up with the idea to take a different drug each day, and then draw his self portrait while under the influence.
Bryan now has over 8,000 portraits and like fingerprints, snowflakes, and DNA, each one is different. Bryan explains that “For hundreds of years, artists have been putting themselves into representations of the world around them. I am doing the exact opposite. I put the world around me into representations of myself as I find this more true to my Central Nervous System.”
Bryan created a 5 minute long film that includes 3,000 of his self-portraits entitled “Near Death Experience” (see video below). At certain points 29 images flash on the screen per second, symbolizing pieces of life flashing before his eyes. The film holds a strong message, conveying the power of addiction.
Abilify / Xanax / Ativan
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“Near Death Experience”