Self Portrait (with vitiligo)
Burn marks on hand shaved Japanese red pine, graphite, gouache,
2022

This work examines a new identity after a recent diagnosis of autoimmune disease. Vitiligo affects only 1% of the world’s population. The pigment cells- melanocytes- in the skin are killed when the immune system starts to attack and destroy parts of itself, resulting in the formation of white patches. 

This drawing explores my experiences of the mental effects of the disease, the death and loss of parts of myself and coming to terms with a new body that is an ever changing canvas.

© Sara Dziadik 2022