GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - We are just about two weeks away from the beginning of Artprize Eight and artists are already starting to work on their pieces in and around Grand Rapids.
One artist from Reading, Pa. is using his art as a way to heal from an injury that left him paralyzed.
"I grew up really active really into sports," Brian Delozier said.
"Everything changed for me when I was 16 and I got into a really bad skiing accident." Delozier broke two bones in his neck, leaving him paralyzed.
It took Delozier a few years, but he final found something that he could have a passion about again.
“I discovered making dots with art," otherwise known as pointillism. "Something as simple as making a dot is what really changed my life and made me the person I am today."
Left with very little mobility in his hands, Delozier grips different colored markers and slowly creates his art, "I just get down really close and I just do one dot at a time until the piece of art I’m working with is completely filled."
Brian says his Artprize Eight entry "Dot Nation" is a timeline of his life from his paralyzing accident until now. "Dot Nation is 17 feet long by 3 1/2 feet tall and it is completely filled with fine point dots."
Dot Nation took more than a year to complete and is the largest piece of art Brian ever created, “It comes to about 7.3 million dots."
It was a test of not physical, but mental strength.
"I put in 8 to 10, sometimes 12 hours a day working on this thing.
"Making that last dot was probably the greatest moment of my life."
Now this part of his journey is complete. "I never would have learned the things I’ve learned if it wasn't for the skiing accident that changed my life," and brought him a new appreciation for what your mind is capable of, even if your body isn't.
Dot Nation is on display at 99 Monroe.
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