Presented on April 14, 2009 at the University of Washington Medical Center.
Continuing our annual format of conversations with people who have spinal cord injuries, this year's theme is artists. Painter Brom Wikstrom, who has tetraplegia (quadriplegia) and photographer Leslie Jewit, who has paraplegia, discuss their art in the context of their SCIs. They talk about how they have modified their technique and subject matter, some surprising positive artistic developments that have occurred post-injury, and what art has meant to them both in their adjustment to SCI and as an activity that they enjoy. Both touch on the commercial aspects of being artists as well as their artistic methods. Examples of their art show that spinal cord injuries may force change but cannot diminish talent.
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