Elizabeth Jamesonwas diagnosed with MS in 1991 when she was a public interest lawyer. MS ultimately ended her law career but she gained something in its place - a love of art. Elizabeth's beautiful art, which was used on the cover of Northern California Chapter note cards and graces the office walls, is her interpretation of MRI images and other digital scans.
In addition to her art and donating sale proceeds to the Chapter, Elizabeth said "The Society has provided invaluable help in navigating the complicated journey of those with progressive disease. In particular, the Society assisted me in locating a caseworker to figure out the ever-changing level of care I need." Connections with the Chapter have had a positive impact on her life.
Regarding her art, Elizabeth said "I started making this work when I started undergoing periodic brain scans. As the stack of my scans grew, so did my fascination with the eerie black and white pixels that held my fate. They were frightening, yet also immediately mesmerizing. I found myself epeatedly turning to the MRIs with an urge to reinterpret them, to take back ownership of my body and engage with my fascination with the architecture and complexity of my brain. As an artist with a disease of the brain, my work allows others with brain diseases to see themselves as more than their illness, and to repossess their bodies by providing an alternate view of their anatomy. Through my work, those with disabilities are able to see their bodies not as sources of embarrassment, pain, or suffering; instead, they are able to perceive the exquisite color and intricate dimensionality of their physical existence. By transforming my brain scans, I reclaim ownership of my brain, and no longer feel like a victim or patient: I am a person. I no longer feel that my identity is defined by my disease."