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Born in Washington, DC 1969
BFA degree. E.T.S.U. Johnson City, TN. 1998
"Over the last 21 years I've created at least one self-portrait every day and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. I started this project on March 30th, 1995 and at present I've made over 10,400 of them. Like fingerprints, snowflakes and DNA they are all different, no two self-portraits are the same. For hundreds of years, artists have been putting themselves into representations of the world around them. With this work I am doing the exact opposite. I put the world around me into representations of myself as I find this more true to my CNS (central nervous system) and how we all process and percieve experiences. I am more concerned with chanelling experiences than I am collecting memories but I do both and much more. Almost all of the self-portraits are 8.5" x 11.5" and in hardbound sketchbooks. The video artist David Larcher titled this work, "The Endlessly Reconstructing Auto-Autopsy", but I just call them my "SPs"." (http://bryanlewissaunders.org/sps/)
"After experiencing drastic changes in my environment, I looked for other experiences that might profoundly affect my perception of self. So I devised another experiment where everyday I took a different drug or intoxicant and drew myself under the influence. Within weeks I became lethargic and suffered mild brain damage that fortunately wasn't irreparable. I am still conducting this experiment but over greater lapses of time and I only take drugs that are given to me." http://bryanlewissaunders.org/drugs/