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Living with RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) Guest: Artist Laurie Kader

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Laurie specialize in Professional Artistry, Artist Management and Art therapy/education www.lauriekader.com Laurie Kader lives and works in Montreal. Since the age of three, she has been expressing herself through art. With a multidisciplinary background encompassing fine arts, art education and art therapy, Laurie is actively pursuing her career as a professional artist. Laurie's collective theme revolves around the intricate workings of the human body and the effect of physical pain on the spirit and soul. Kader uses her art as a liberating and therapeutic arena where science and abstract creative ideas converge to offer the viewer a bold new vision of the inner life of the body. Living with the painful and visible manifestations of rare and little understood physical ailments known as Madelung's Deformity and Leri-Weill dyschondrosteosis, Kader has struggled to come to terms with her own physicality and its role in how she understands herself and her relationship with the world around her. The condition has challenged her to explore the relationship between the interior and exterior workings of the human body. Kader’s interest in micro anatomy began at a young age when she had discovered Madelung’s Deformity. Over time Madelung’s had hindered my everyday life, creating numbness and pain in my upper extremities. Over time the Leri-Weill dyschondroteosis leaves the rest of her body in chronic pain. Repeated scans and operations to correct the distortion caused by this deformity, specifically to the bones in the arms, have changed Kader’s perspective on the way she paints and draws; now using both right and left wrist for everything. Medical x-rays and images of the interior of my own body are the starting point of each piece. Her artwork has become the voyage she wishes to express, allowing her to educate others about the power of perseverance through her continued struggles with Madelung's.

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