Artist Statement

I am an artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area who specializes in the intersection of art and science. I focus on brain scans, particularly MRIs, because I consider them one of the primary symbols of Multiple Sclerosis. Since my diagnosis of MS, I have continually undergone brain scans to track the progression of my disease. Initially the sterile black and white images of the MRIs of my brain were terrifying, and I refused to look at them. I began using my art practice to reinterpret these frightening yet mesmerizing images. I seek to disrupt the unsightliness of these digital images, inviting the viewers to stare directly at the beauty and complexity of the imperfect brain.

My diagnosis has allowed me to integrate neurotechnology into my artwork. Through printmaking, mixed media, and textiles I transform my scans into vibrant landscapes in hopes of challenging how society views illness. I create with the intent of transforming how people view the imperfect body, allowing room for celebration, curiosity, and fascination.

 

Biography

Elizabeth Jameson graduated from Stanford University with a BA in 1973, and received a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1976. She was a public interest lawyer for 20 years. Her professional and personal life changed profoundly when she was diagnosed with progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Brain scans became a major part of the artist’s life after her diagnosis.

Jameson’s work is shown internationally. Her work is in permanent collections of the National Institute of Health (NIH); Stanford University, Yale University, Center for Brain Science at Harvard University, the Berenson-Allen Center for Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation at Harvard University, Brigham Li Ka Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Services at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Texas at El Paso, Johns Hopkins University, the Center for Art and Brain at the University of California, Davis, The Annals of Neuroscience in Chandigarh, India, Biocomunicat, Barcelona, Spain, and the Basque Neuroscience Institute in San Sebastian, Spain.

In addition, Jameson's work has been featured in numerous scientific publications such as Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology and Oxford University Press as cover art. Her work has been featured on the cover of The Annals of Neuroscience, the journal of the Indian Academy of Neuroscience in Chandigarh, India. In 2012, Jameson’s work was featured in Discover magazine's "Special Edition on the Brain," and she appeared on National Public Television special on the brain.

 

Acknowledgements

Due to the ever-changing and progressive nature of life with MS, I have worked with several studio assistants over the years. Currently I have the honor to work with artist Catherine Monahon, who has contributed her skills in social media, communications, and embroidery.