Scarred for Life
Ever since he was a small child with a serious illness, Ted Meyer has mixed art and medical images as a way to understand his experiences. Through his art he highlights the emotional impact of pain and healing on everyday people—patients, families, and medical personnel.
When medical treatments improved his own situation as an adult, Ted began to work with other survivors of traumatic health issues. “Scarred for Life” is a multi-faceted project that includes printing on paper from the subject’s body, interviewing the participants about their experiences, and photographing the process. The resulting, ever-expanding, presentation of monoprints, narratives, and photographs has received press coverage from the New York Times, USA Today and the Chicago Tribune.
“Scarred for Life,” has been exhibited nationally, including at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C., New York University School of Medicine, Bravard Museum of Art in Melbourne, Florida, the Museum of Art and Culture in New Rochelle, New York, and at Sierra College in Rocklin, California and Biola University in La Mirada, California. Ted has lectured on art and health at Yale University, NYU, and UCLA.