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Erella Ganon

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I have become an expert on my life. It is about the only thing I know. My drawings are an expression of what I have experienced, so far. I have been making illustrated diaries/sketch books of my...

I have become an expert on my life. It is about the only thing I know. My drawings are an expression of what I have experienced, so far. I have been making illustrated diaries/sketch books of my travels and as a reminder of what I have learned. I love to share these things. In the mid-1980's I started to pool the money and shopping time that I would normally put into Christmas gifts and put that into making little books that I distributed to friends and collectors. As reproducing these things became more affordable, I made post cards and a variety of other artist cards to mail abroad. I love seeing a photo of a friend at their home far away with one of my  cards or books that inhabits their world. Even though I cannot travel as much as I would like, I am glad my images can always make it. Hearing stories of how these things impact others is exciting for me. I guess this is where zines come in. Storytelling has become more important and distributing these with my art is the most efficient way to get the message across.

In 1998, I had the first of three brain surgeries to remove brain tumours. I posted details about my brain journey online and in a series of little cards and books I distributed in person. The No Brainer project was conceived because of the extraordinary online repsonse to this work. Eventually, the images will be collected and will be assembled into an actual book, with the intention of it helping others that find themselves in similar medical odysseys.