1:26 The Art of Epilepsy: Chicago

About the Hidden Truths Project:

A program utilizing art as both an educational tool and a way of learning. Through its affiliation with the Kant Institute, it has taken on a new role: expanding its mission to other challenging situations confronting our society, at risk youth living in poverty confronted with opportunity gasps in learning, racial discrimination in the schools, and adult homelessness.

1:26 the Art of Epilepsy

This year the Hidden Truths Project is expanding 1:26 The Art of Epilepsy: Chicago in collaboration with CURE (Citizen United for Research in Epilepsy) and will be held in 3 new cities in the U.S.:Boston, Chicago, and San Fransisco.

Over 260 artist from countries including Australia, Malaysia, India, Ireland, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Jamaica, Sweden, the UK, Spain, Pakistan and throughout the United States has been able to be apart of 1:26 the Art of Epilepsy who have Epilepsy.

 

Having Epilepsy has been a struggle for me. I am now 28 years old, I have had Epilepsy for 20 years, and I have 5 different types of seizures.

I have had a love for art my whole life and I'm beyond excited to be apart of this opportunity. After I was diagnosed with Epilepsy at the age of 8 years old in 1998 when I got a Pilocytic Astrocytoma brain tumor removed, I became a different person. Accepting that I have Epilepsy, I was more aware of my surroundings and what I knew I could and couldn't do, and the people that I was around had to know that I have Epilepsy and what to do incase of a emergancy if I had a seizure. I became more motivated with the things that I wanted to do in life; including making different types of art. I am grateful that I have the ability to continue on with what I love to do. Experimenting with different techniques gave me satisfaction that I can still learn and never give up on making art and living life. Making art and turning what I have learned into my own business is gratifying. 

People who have struggled with Epilepsy have been given a chance to express their feeling in their artwork and are able to show it to communities all over the world. Artwork that I will be showing is one of a kind jewelry. There will be special pieces specifically made for this event. We are able to express our feeling through the artwork that we create.

Morgan Mehalic