You Can See The Progression Of Alzheimer’s Reflected In His Self-Portraits, And It’s ChillingThe Alzheimer's Site
In 1995, artist William Utermohlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. His unique response to this life-threatening situation was to create self-portraits. He did so to understand himself and the progression of the disease in him. Over the span of five years, he created self-portraits of himself that clearly show deterioration in cognition. Patricia, Utermohlen’s widow, explains that it demonstrates an artist’s struggle to come to terms with his mind slipping away slowly.
Watch the startling video below.
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