Even You, Metal Back

Julian Johnson

2018 - Ongoing

Austin, Texas, United States; Shanghai Shi, China; Middletown, Connecticut, United States; Buda, Texas, United States; Port Washington, New York, United States

I remember reading about Marfan Syndrome in my high school biology class, the textbook featuring a picture of a skinny boy looking like a deer caught in the headlights. Since getting diagnosed at age five, I’ve been dissatisfied with the cold, clinical imagery surrounding the connective tissue disorder. Even You, Metal Back is an exploration of the intersection of physical pain, mental health, religion, and healing. A self-portrait, if you will, unearthing anxieties around corporality while living with this chronic condition.

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