Written by Luke Anthony
on Saturday, April 26 2014 and posted in Features
Siike, a brain aneurysm survivor recovers his visual memory through art you can fund.
Siike Donnelly is one of the bravest artists in the market right now, he's risking his own health to find himself through art. Years ago, he suffered a brain aneurysm, something that not all people survive. Doctors told him he may not have long to live. He also lost his visual memory, meaning that his short-term memory is cut down, he can't remember things visually long term, and when he tries to conceive a visual thought in his head to create art, he sometimes gets nosebleeds.
Yet somehow he found inspriation to continue. In fact the free medical attention he was getting for participiating in a special program, he left behind so that he could focus on finding the most important information: what it means to be alive. He found that every time he focused on art, he could get back little parts of himself. This was the premise behind starting his Kickstarter funded book, Elan Vital.
Elan Vital is about a robot, who knows that he has a soul, but just needs to prove it to the doctors that created him. So he goes out and creates art like no other robot could. But not just any art, all art that he can concieve. Over 50 different styles of art, in fact. This includes sculpture, photography, choreographed dance, manga, surrealism, purism, music, balloon twisting, film, portrait, and a ton more. Just thinking about it makes me want to go out & do this for myself. But Siike is risking his well being, potentially his life for this. In a recent podcast of Harmontown, run by Dan Harmon (Community, Rick & Morty), Siike mentioned if there's anything worth dying for, it's to find out who you are.
I have nothing more to say except for whether or not you enjoy his art - this is the story, literally, of a lifetime. There are no jokes or satire in this, because this is just damn inspirational. The Kickstarter is already funded, but there are only 150 books left to order. So if you decide to join in, you are literally helping someone discover theirself, which is pretty powerful.
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About the Author - LukeAnthony
When Luke isn't writing reviews, he's writing manuals (occupation), original comics (vocation), children's books, or music (recreation). As a lover of all things high-concept, sci-fi, and/or philosophical, comics found their way into his life only a few years ago, at the ripe age of 26. It was V for Vendetta & Watchmen that led to his pathological media consumption rebirth of 2012. Ever since then, he found himself happier, more child-like, a tad bit smarter, and a much better liar. True to Outhouser gospel, he believes humor, like water, must be present in all things. If it's not, it's too dry & sucks the life out. Sarcasm, the salty demeanor of the South, frightened this idealist in youth, but is now the occasional spice used in his well seasoned personality. He sold all he had to leave his old world behind (cars, house, belongings) & become a full-time traveler across the US of A, a decision that altered his inner world as much as his outer one. If it has humor, depth, spiritual significance, and/or technicality and in that order, then consider it on this briny dude's shelf and up for review. Favorite on-going series include Black Science and Saga. This light, but deep fellow can be found on Facebook and/or Twitter.
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