"The inspiration has [like all my work] come from many varying sources. However, these pieces are heavily based in Afrofuturism and various natural hair styles coloured girls rock. Inspired by music, 70s & 80s vinyl album covers, Sci-Fi, futuristic elements and retro flavours, by funky jewelry, the universe, magic and the unlimited possibilities of the imagination."
While I would never promote doing drugs, I have to say that this is one badass experiment by artist, Bryan Lewis Saunders. For several weeks, Saunders took a different drug every day, and then painted a self-portrait while under the influence. The results are sometimes comical, sometimes scary,…
Bryan Lewis Saundersis an artist from Washington D.C., not just any artist though. Saunders prefers to take a more unconventional approach to his artwork. Arguably his most interesting project, entitled DRUGS is described as follows:
“After experiencing drastic changes in my environment, I looked for other experiences that might profoundly affect my perception of the self. So I devised another experiment where everyday I took a different drug and drew myself under the influence. Within weeks I became lethargic and suffered mild brain damage. I am still conducting this experiment but over greater lapses of time. I only take drugs that are given to me.”
Top image, then left to right:
Image 1: 1 Bump of Crystal Meth
Image 2: 1/2 Gram of Cocaine
Image 3: DMT (during/after)
Image 4: 7.5mg Hydrocodone / 7.5mg Oxycodone / 3mg Xanax
Image 5: 10mg Loritab
Image 6: Morphine IV (dosage unknown)
Image 7: Psilocybin Mushrooms (2 caps onset)
Image 8: Ritilin (dosage unknown - snorted)
Image 9: 100mg Seroquel
Image 10: 20mg Valium
To view the rest of the portraits he made click here.