by Mariya Guzova
You may not know his name, but you have probably seen his face.
Bryan Saunders’ drug induced self portrait series recently took the internet by storm. The bold artistic experiment had Saunders consuming a new drug everyday and drawing himself under the influence.
100 mg Seroquel
Morphine IV (dosage unknown)
Saunders is no stranger to risky, innovative, and avant-garde creativity. He has drawn a self-portrait of himself everyday since 1995. This march marks his 19th anniversary of the practice, having drawn just under 7000 self portraits.
“Every day my brain and central nervous system processes an unyielding amount of phenomena. Any of these phenomena coming in have the ability to change my brain chemistry and how I perceive things in the world around me as well as the physical and mental world inside of me. Through the process of existence my metabolism, health, heart rate, chemistry, thoughts, feelings, behaviors and beliefs etc. are subject to often mild but sometimes drastic changes too. Therefore, to me personally, there is no one correct or standard ‘personal’ way of interpreting the world, so I choose myself as the vessel that captures this because I am the medium by which all of this is processed or filtered through in the first place. But that’s just me,” explains Saunders.
Placing himself as the subject, Bryan has created a vast variety of artistic works.