Self Portrait: Schrodinger's Patient (2016)
Mixed Media painting by Bec


  • Mixed Media painting, Other
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 23.39 × 33.11 in (unframed)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed on the back

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Artist's description:

This piece was inspired by my personal life. This past year, I have learnt a lot through medical school and also life experiences. Learning to care for patients has been the best thing about my degree. However I could not help but notice the fragility of life and the transience of health, which I also learnt of the patient. Fighting against depression, and not to mention being diagnosed with an AVM has really taught me how to better understand patients. And that is what I would like to explain with this piece of work.

The reason this piece is called Schrodinger's Patient is due to the physicist Erwin Schrodinger. He suggested a thought experiment in which a cat is enclosed in a box. By random chance, poison may be released inside the box which would kill the cat. And the cat would be thought as both death and alive at the same time, until you open the box as there is no way to determine whether the poison was released otherwise. I felt as if I drew parallel with the cat due to my experiences with the AVM diagnosis. I am likely going to suffer from a hemorrhage due to it, however I wouldn't know for sure unless I opened up my head for a brain surgery.

Materials used:

Cartridge paper, pencil, pen, watercolour, tea

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