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Susan B. Trachman

In living color

These digitally colorized MRI images are part of a series called “My Psychedelic Brain” by artist Susan B. Trachman, who was diagnosed with MS when she was 26.

“The making of my art was cathartic, creative and exhilarating,” Trachman says. “It was freeing. I had control, something that over time I have very little of, especially as it relates to my body.” The images of Trachman’s brain and skeleton are printed on backlit film and displayed on illuminated X-ray view boxes. “Yes, I see the plaque. It’s in black and white. But I also see bright vibrant colors. I see beauty. I see life. I see me.”