Dis-Ease by Christopher Sorenson
selected works for ITCH
The work of Minnesota artist Christopher Sorenson guides us down a path between life and death in the form of abstract portraits of disease. With his subtle touch, Christopher discovers disease as a powerful form of transformation and healing.
As an intuitive body worker and student of homeopathy, Sorenson prefers a holistic vision of dis-ease. His art communicates that vision by bringing awareness to the complex of human emotional, spiritual and physical anxieties that can be harnessed to achieve a heightened sense of well-being. This sense sometimes comes through the pain of what Sorenson calls "energetic crises."
Ringworm, Syphilis, HIV/AIDS, and Malaria — the various dis-eases rendered range from the superficial and irritating to the morbid and fatal, thus presenting an evolution in which these conditions move from hopeful to hopeless. The pictures radiate however with light and an awareness of the greater possibilities by embracing the experience of suffering. We are asked to inspect our own feelings about disease and suffering, and to examine how the realities of life and death in one way or another propel each and every one of us.
To create this work, Chris interviewed people willing to share their first-person experiences. These portraits express the energy, mood or pathology of each dis-ease as described to him. The work is meant to inspire respect for the power of suffering and the awareness of mortality.
a portrait of Ringworm
Acrylic and Inc on Canvas
a portrait of Syphillus
Acrylic and Ink on Canvas