Issue 5: The Artist. The Muse

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When your muse is your own mortality

Rarely does one come across a work of contemporary performance for which an appropriate byline might read, “watch a young man manually save his own life.” For a performance artist who co-opts, repurposes, and performatively ritualizes the treatment he needs in order to stay alive, Martin O’Brien’s muse—and his material—is his own mortality. By Sky Fairchild-Waller