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"I became fascinated with biology when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2000. I wanted to learn how the disease affected the central nervous system and how the myelin was damaged inside the body. Then\, in 2004\, I was also diagnosed with Lupus\, which p ulled up images of what my anti-nuclear antibody titers looked like in my b lood tests.

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"Being an artist\, I began to see these images as visionary compositions I could use in my work. Because I mainly use garment patterns and textiles in my ar t\, I decided to combine the two subjects and this resulted into a vast col lection of both relevant and illogical experiments. Some pieces are clearly illustrative of disease\, while others took quite an imaginative turn.

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"Four years ag o\, I was also diagnosed with Bipolar disorder. Believe it or not\, this wa s a harder pill to swallow than both physical ailments combined. I grew up with a mother who was severely Bipolar back when SSRIs were not yet invente d. I witnessed her struggles and constant\, intense cycling of mania and de pression – her many visits in and out of psychiatric wards and medications that did very little for her. It was probably the biggest fear in my life t o receive the same diagnosis\, but here it was. One of my paintings in this show is about my mother’s struggles with Bipolar and inheriting this debil itating mental illness.

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"Thanks to the advances in medicine\, I am doing well. My phys ical and mental burdens are well managed. This is because I have great doct ors that know what they are doing and are familiar with the medications the y prescribe. They also keep a close watch over me\, are personable and trul y care about my well being.  It took me many years to find doctors like the se.

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"I use garment patterns because I grew up as a pattern cutter alongside my brother in my father’s company in downtown Los Angeles in the apparel manufacturin g trade. Since I am a self-taught artist\, I decided to create artwork with what I knew best\, so I incorporate the materials from the pattern-making trade into my work. I often use embroidery\, sewing pins\, master patterns\ , stitching\, textiles\, and a kind of personal narrative in the art to int erweave a connection between myself and the viewer.

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"I hope the viewer will enjoy the handmade\, crafted aspect of my work\, and the imagination that goes into e very piece. I aim to bring a smile\, and hopefully some laughter\, to my vi ewers."

DTEND:20120307 DTSTAMP:20140921T051149 DTSTART:20120109 GEO:34.0665493;-118.444941 LOCATION:UCLA Learning Resource Center\,700 Westwood Plaza \nLos Angeles\, CA 90095 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Bioillogical\, Carol Es UID:194557 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20120125T183000 DTSTAMP:20140921T051149 DTSTART:20120125T163000 GEO:34.0665493;-118.444941 LOCATION:UCLA Learning Resource Center\,700 Westwood Plaza \nLos Angeles\, CA 90095 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Bioillogical\, Carol Es UID:194558 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR