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Mixed Media on paper, ready to hang.

Signed on the front.

This artwork comes with an external frame

I had chicken pox quite late, which meant that when my sister finally gave them to me (around10?) I became deathly sick. I had chicken pox in my hair, in the inside *of my lungs* and even on the palms of my hands. Everywhere. I was a temporary leper.

After I got better I suddenly grew a red growth on the white of my right eye. My mother took me to the doctor who told me that I had a chicken pock on my eyeball because of the bad case I had of them and the red growth was the scar. My doctor told me that if I wanted they could cut it off but I would have to be conscious and they would literally need to stitch my eyeball up with dissolving stitches which would dissolve post-op in a matter of weeks. It scared the shit out of a young me.

As a teenager my eye growth would glow monster red when I was exhausted or high - which ended up being most of the time during. Teachers always felt super awkward asking me if I was stoned, even when I came to Business Maths reeking of weed because my eye was red all the time anyway. As a young actor I lost countless commercial jobs because my eye read as ‘I’m high af’ on screen. I don’t want to have the red spot cut away now. It’s a part of me. This piece is about mortality.

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Watercolour pencil, watercolour paint, silver leaf and acrylic on watercolour paper

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Framed and ready to hang

This artwork is currently framed and ready to hang.

It comes with an external frame.
Framed dimensions - 44.0(W) x 54.0(H).
Artwork dimensions - 27.0(W) x 42.0(H).

Tom Christophersen

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