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Covid's Agony

Graphite on paper, 24 in X 24 in, 2020


Published in Intima: a Journal of narrative medicine (

This drawing depicts the detailed anatomy of the brain as it screams during this pandemic. It represents the complex emotions that run through each and every one of us: denial, desperation, uncertainty, and fear. And in particular, the fear that every single healthcare worker on the front line is experiencing. Fear at the number of people who will die. Fear at potential exposure while helping others. Fear at the utter helplessness.