About

The original self-portraits, done entirely with pen and ink, are an ongoing series initially started after my cancer diagnosis in 2016. They were composed during the long hours at the treatment clinic, and lengthy inpatient stays. These works became essential to understanding the emotional and psychological state I was in at the time. During treatment, my body remained strong regardless of whatever brutal circumstances I found myself in. My heart and mind, on the other hand, were always teetering. As I have done my entire life, I anchored myself to art, specifically these self-portraits. I did so to understand and come to terms with my experiences. The drawings have been evolving and growing with time. I am adding new layers, digitally editing, and building colorful stories to create different, supplemental layers upon the narrative each one already tells. The story is still evident in each image, but now, the bright patterns and vivid textures speak to the Jeremiah of the present day. The foundational elements of this body of work will forever be present. They hold my history – each line and mark represents both a place of struggle and thus growth. As with all bodies of art and the artists who create them, transition and development are imperative. In moving forward with digital manipulation, layering, and collaging, I am giving myself the freedom to explore without positioning these strictly in a place of art therapy. They are evolving, and as a survivor and artist, so too am I.