NATASHA BHATIA artist
M.E (Myalgic encephalomyelitis)
Artist Notes
I always thought that one day I would attempt to visualise the illness that I have suffered for more than 10 years: M.E (Myalgic encephalomyelitis). It is a complex and debilitating illness that affects the immune system, the nervous system and every muscle of the body. The manifestations of the symptoms and pain are erratic.

It was not however, physically suffering the illness that proved most trying, but the emotional pain of being doubted by doctors for many years that my illness even existed.

Finally at the age of 21, I met a man who changed and saved my life. His words were harsh. I did not want to be in a wheelchair at the age of 25. The road to recovery began… the process was slow. Each day of the process, varying a little to the last.

At the beginning of my final year at college, it flared up again. Before diagnosis I truly wished that what was going on inside my body could have been visible. My pain was almost invisible. My body felt like it was covered in bruises but my skin was flawless. I decided that this was the time I was going to attempt to visualise it.

The images within this portfolio represent the start of a visual medical journal. They are all available as prints. At the moment, most exist as sketchbook ideas for a bigger proposal in the future.

The Process
35mm Photography, Ilustration, found ephemera, used objects, installation.
Copyright © 2011 Natasha Bhatia