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Palliativity 222: a special kind of cover

Posted on January 23, 2014


This is pretty spot-on representation of  what making my art feels like:

Each art piece I create is a reference of a reference, adding a new voice to the harmony… and I am also a muppet.

Space Oddity, ©MMXIII


Bonus Round:


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Palliativity 221: Snowpalooza 2014

Posted on January 8, 2014

It's -40°F out and definitely time for some frozen shenanigans!




Frozen bubbles!


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2013 Retrospective

Posted on December 28, 2013

From my first solo show to the life-changing procedure for my chronic pain, it's been a hell of a year.

Here's to another spin around the sun.


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Palliativity 220: illusion

Posted on December 12, 2013


Even though I'm continuing to feel better than ever before, some habits are inescapable. For example, gauging my current chronic physical pain from 1-10 is as involuntary as breathing. This actually can be quite difficult since pain signals are extremely relative and yet highly polarized. How would you compare a paper-cut to a rolled ankle or a sinus headache to a kick to the shin? Imagine stifling that primal scream while actively participating in the narrative that is your life. Remaining objective and civilized comes down to observing your actions and your physical/emotional state of unrest at any given moment.

The body evolved to have a natural response to pain. With chronic pain, what you do with that impulse defines you.


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Palliativity 219: thirty

Posted on December 4, 2013

Today I turned 30.


I never used to think that these watershed birthdays had some arbitrary epicness assigned to them, but this year leaves me fairly convinced.

Until this past January, I'd pretty much resigned myself to crippling chronic pain forever. After this year in treatment I feel better than I've ever felt before. At thirty, Im getting my second chance at youth.

At the same time, the decades of labour I've put into my artwork and judo have catapulted me into this crazy life I'm leading with my love at my side. If you'd asked kid-sized me what I wanted to do when I grew up, the only professions missing on my resume are astronaut and dolphin trainer.

Unshackled from pain and with new found ambition, I'm not looking at life as just a series of unrelenting challenges. No longer am I dictated to settle by my lack of spoons. I'm free to grow and to improvise. For the first time in my adult life, I am free to do things my way and to live on my terms.

Here's to 30.

Our Fair City | — Photo by Sebastian Orr Photography 2013 |

This party is just getting started 😉


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Palliativity 218: hyperbole

Posted on November 21, 2013

I love Hyperbole and a Half. Not enough awesome things can be said about its creator Allie Brosh.

As a fellow artist with a chronic condition, I am in awe of how Allie has crafted this entirely strange and disarming world of her memories, dogs, magical friends, dinosaur costumes, diabolical parents, intense emotional states and dead fish. The way that she addresses her past and present challenges head-on is an art all of its own. This rare interview with Allie as part of her recent book release reveals quite a bit about the women behind the shark-fin headed girl:


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