Triumphs Over Trauma: Ted Meyer and The Scarred For Life Series
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Los Angeles artist Ted Meyer is scarred for life, but you wouldn't know it from talking to him. He was born with Gaucher's disease, a rare genetic disorder that causes pain and deterioration of the joints and organs, he spent much of his childhood in hospital, where he made art to help him cope with his condition. After studying design at Arizona State University, he began painting works that reflected his constant battles with his body, his pain and the sense of being trapped inside a damaged shell. Years later, thanks to successful hip replacements and improvements in medical treatments, Meyer now feels healthy, and his work has shifted from being introspective to focusing on others, searching for stories of survival as told through scars. For the last 15 years, Meyer's "Scarred for Life" series has documented the experiences of people who have been scarred because of an illness or injury.