Natalie Washnieski

Minneapolis, Minnesota |

Artist Statement

I feel blessed that epilepsy gave me a different outlook on life that I have been able to convert into positive creativity. In my early 20’s, I was diagnosed with focal onset-aware seizures and used art as a coping mechanism to explore and understand what I was mentally and emotionally experiencing. The diagnosis was overwhelming, and the new lifestyle forced upon me inspired my work. Creating art around the subject matter helped me educate others about my experiences, which were often too difficult to convey through words. I continue to grow as an artist and find new inspiration.