TOUCHED BY LYME: Portraits of Lyme with words and pictures
(Guest blog) Using art and writing to help ourselves and each other.
Emily Bracale is an artist, writer, teacher from Bar Harbor, Maine. Her book, In the Lyme-Light: Portraits of Illness and Healing includes art work and writings she created to help convey the internal experience of living with Lyme disease. The following is an excerpt from her website, which discusses how the book came to be.
Mad Math, 2010 (acrylic, yarn, paper and metal on birch – 16” x 20”)
“…until that year I had thought of myself as a confident, dedicated, and very capable student. Following lectures became ever more difficult. Complex analysis of ideas under pressure, such as during essay exams, and committing new facts to memory became more difficult. I couldn’t remember things well nor learn quickly anymore; it all became a huge effort. Instead of my usual two to three hours of practicing clarinet every day, I would often sit in the practice room zoning out, with the instrument on my lap, staring at the wall.”
Brain Fog, 2010 (acrylic and cloth on art board – 16” x 20”)
“This painting portrays more properties of ‘brain fog.’ The images are all scenes from my past, so obviously I could remember them. Memories do not seem to become totally lost, but rather temporarily obscured, as if behind a veil. To put it another way, it is as if the “Files” still exist but the “Search/Find” command has been impaired.”