Left Image: Concussed PTSD $300 (8″ x 12″)
Artist Description: This piece represents how the title feels. I took the photos comprising the collage at the Canadian War Museum and the sculpture is one of the Vimy Ridge Sculptures. I used Corel PaintShop Pro to create the collage.
Image Description: An image of photos comprising the collage at the Canadian War Museum and the sculpture of Vimy Ridge.
Right Image: My Brain’s Journey Across the 6ix $1000 (24″ x 36″)
Artist Description: My Brain’s Journey Across the 6ix is on birch wood. It comprises a photo I shot of the Toronto harbour skyline in 2009, using my Nikon D80. I applied an AI painting technique. Then using Corel PaintShop Pro I collaged on photos I took with my iPhone or Nikon, brain scans of my brain, and the duck avatar I created to represent myself in my books and social media. I chose images that represented my journey through brain injury: having my brain scanned and assessed umpteen times, eating Toronto-made dark chocolate for pain and my brain, resurrecting my photography, writing books with NaNoWriMo, relearning to read novels with the same ability as before my injury, fighting the enraging TTC, going to the water for peace and rest, being part of OCAD’s Inclusive Design Research Centre and SidewalkLabs partnership in brainstorming accessibility into urban design, a memorable trip I took with my CNIB orientation mobility trainer to the ROM for the Blue Whale exhibit, developing a brand, COVID-19, and of course raccoon nation ruling the city in the form of chocolate. I used the images metaphorically as well.
Image Description: An image of the Toronto Skyline and lake Ontario. At the bottom right of the image, there is a heart shaped note that says ‘thank you Shireen’. There are cats jumping throughout the buildings, and a Covid-19 alert on the left side.
Shireen Anne Jeejeebhoy is an artist, author, and blogger. She obtained a B.Sc. in psychology from the University of Toronto, launched into writing and coding, explored travel and portrait photography, and slammed and somersaulted into the unknown life of brain injury.
Today, her art keeps her grounded while she shares the latest on brain injury at https://concussionisbraininjury.com.