In 1995, artist William Utermohlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. His unique response to this life-threatening situation was to create self-portraits. He did so to understand himself and the progression of the disease in him. Over the span of five years, he created self-portraits of himself that clearly show deterioration in cognition. Patricia, Utermohlen’s widow, explains that it demonstrates an artist’s struggle to come to terms with his mind slipping away slowly.
Watch the startling video below.
An Alzheimer’s diagnosis is heartbreaking and deeply frightening, hitting us with the realization that our minds are going to be affected and the inevitable outcome is death – because Alzheimer’s disease is ultimately deadly. Adding to the frustration is the fact that we don’t understand it and cannot cure it.
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