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.