Utermohlen, William (American, 1933-2007)

Self-Portrait (with Saw)


Reference Type:
Artwork
Year:
1997
Notes/Description:
“The encroachment of a claustrophobic and silent world, which many people with Alzheimer’s must experience as they gradually lose their sense of space and control over their senses, is apparent in the framing shapes of Self-Portrait (With Saw) 1997. In 1997, William learns that only at autopsy will his doctors be able to definitively diagnose his Alzheimer’s disease. This notion haunts him, and he speaks of it constantly to those close to him. The saw is an open allusion to this distressing fact, and to the artist’s consent to have his brain dissected after death.” (Label copy from 2008 Chicago Cultural Center Exhibition: http://www.williamutermohlen.org/index.php/artwork/30-about/exhibitions)
Keywords:
Art
Anxiety
Mental Disorders
Patient Experience
Psychiatry
Stress
Collection:
C. Boïcos collection, Paris