Chris Rush

“In 1998 I began to work in a facility for people with mental and physical disabilities, with the agreement that I would sketch during the quiet hours. This experience has been utterly remarkable for me. I find myself surrounded by what seems to be the original faces, like those seen in Bruegal—unguarded and completely without guile.

“After observing for several months I began to make portraits. In rendering these individuals, my view is without judgment. The work seeks to portray the subjects and their existence as natural, rather than pathological. If anything, there is a strange grace around many of these people, and I have found no better way to represent this than as a condition of light.”

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