Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain. It is caused either by an invading infection (infectious encephalitis) or through the immune system attacking the brain in error (post-infectious or autoimmune encephalitis).

Anyone at any age can get encephalitis. There are up to 6,000 cases in the UK each year and potentially hundreds of thousands worldwide. In the USA there were approximately 250,000 patients admitted to hospital with a diagnosis of encephalitis in the last decade.

The work offers an insight into disabilities which are often hidden; yet at times, more challenging to overcome than the loss of a limb. This challenge represented in the juxtaposition and conflict of the antique process of Cyanotype being used to present MRI images created using the latest imaging techniques.

The project began as a narrative form of diary as Paul himself suffered encephalitis in 2002 and is a progression from his other well received works on the subject however, during research a much larger story emerged regarding the lack of boundaries the disorder has in relation to gender, age or geographical location; encephalitis does not discriminate.

Thanks to those whom kindly took part, the project now shines a light on this life destroying condition and, a tribute to those whom sadly lost their lives to it.

Paul Wicks (2019)

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