This morning I am listening to this interview on Fresh Air with Jon Sarkin, who became an artist after a serious brain injury. And I mean literally transformed, from a chiropractor to a compulsive doodler,
Jon Sarkin was working as a chiropractor when he suffered a massive stroke. Afterwards, the 35-year-old became a volatile visual artist with a ferocious need to create, as his brain tried to make sense of the world at large.
“[My artwork is] a manifestation of what happened to me,” Sarkin tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “I’ve learned how to visually represent my existential dilemma caused by my stroke.”
Sarkin is the subject of Shadows Bright as Glass, a new book by science writer Amy Nutt. The book describes Sarkin’s journey from happy-go-lucky doctor to manically-compulsive artist.
Sarkin describes it as “Everything is new, everything is alien…” The act of exploration and scientific inquiry is described similarly, but this guy is now forced to be in that frame of mind at all times. Really interesting stuff.