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Rachna Pettygrove - Creative Sparks Project
27 Jun 2012
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“It has always been difficult for me to actually SHARE the fact that I have epilepsy... that I have seizures. So, for many years, I didn't speak of it and just silently hoped that I would have a good day, and people would not have to be "exposed" to them. It seemed to me that from their reaction, my seizures were worse for them that they were for myself. As the years passed and my seizures increased in frequency, I spent more and more time indoors and passed my time by drawing and eventually painting. With my artwork, those around me became less uncomfortable which gave me confidence that I could actually do something of purpose. Now, I no longer paint for them, but rather, I paint for myself.”

digital media visual arts artist chronic illness social inclusion
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