A typical self-portrait documents the artist’s appearance. It may be self-serving, showing the subject’s more laudable attributes, or it may be more revealing of the sitter’s inner life. Artist Philip Carey has created a different kind of self-portrait, using disease as a catalyst to portray a universal feeling about the burden of being sick. His medical self-portrait, Art in My Veins, is a record of processes imposed on his body, a catalog of evidence that reflects excessive interventions required to heal.
Butt CA. Art in My VeinsA Medical Self-portrait. JAMA. 2016;316(16):1628-1629. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.15507