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UCLA Geffen School of Medicine Learning Resource Center

Exhibition Detail
my days of losing words
Curated by: Ted Meyer
700 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, California 90095


December 2nd, 2013 - February 19th
 
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© Courtesy of the Gallery at the LRC
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WEBSITE:  
http://www.medsch.ucla.edu/LRCGallery/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
culver city/west la
EMAIL:  
Ted@artandmed.com
OPEN HOURS:  
Monday-Friday 9-6
SCHOOL ASSOCIATION:  
UCLA (University of California Los Angeles), UCLA Geffen School of Medicine
TAGS:  
medical, self portrait, storytelling, figurative, modern, realism, digital, photography, mixed-media, conceptual
COST:  
Free
> DESCRIPTION

I have had chronic migraine since June 2008. Without medication, the pain makes me lose the ability to speak; with medication, I have side effects that cause me to forget words. For My Days of Losing Words, I created color photographs that act as synthetic memories of my lost words and this time of being inarticulate and in pain. The one-word titles refer to words that got lost in a netherworld between pain and sanity. The self-portraits remain (inarticulately) untitled.

I never stop shooting. I carried a list of words that I’ve lost over time, and when I saw something that jogged my memory of a word, I shot it and crossed the word off. Early on in the illness, I was stuck either in my house or in medical spaces for months on end, so I started shooting words there. This early work consists mainly of three types of images: domestic still lifes; documentary images of medical spaces; and self-portraits at home and in medical spaces.

For a long time, I thought my headache was as good as it was going to get—constant, low-grade pain. Thanks to a medical breakthrough, I now finally have days without pain. This has meant the inclusion of new work that shows how my life has improved. Natural light, once rare in my photos, began to creep in and take over the images at the end of the series. The tunnel vision of my earlier photographs gave way to space, light, and, eventually, the vast expanse of a new horizon.


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