artists and epilepsy
Many people with epilepsy say that the freedom of art helps them to express their experiences of seizures . For many the paintbrush is a powerful communication tool for experiences that are hard to explain in words. Our online art gallery ‘Artists and epilepsy’ features the work of artists affected by epilepsy and is a platform for all artists affected by epilepsy to share their work.
- View the artists and epilepsy online gallery (opens new window) on flickr.
If you would like to submit work for inclusion in the gallery, please send jpegs of your art (maximum of six pieces) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are happy to include your own website details alongside your art.
Art is something I have done all of my life. Art is engaging and allows my mind to wander freely without any restrictions. To make a piece of artwork and say “I have made this” is to say who you are.
Tracey Waddington, artist
Art is a way of making sense of the huge impact that recurring seizures can have on your life. Art can help a person develop greater self awareness and come to terms with the uncertainties of epilepsy.
Quentin Bruckland, art therapist, Epilepsy Society
It has often been said that Van Gogh’s use of yellow was a result of his suffering from xanthopsia, a condition that causes the person to see everything as though through a yellow filter. Xanthopsia was a side effect of digitalis, often used to treat epilepsy.
Nicola Swanborough, Epilepsy Review