Drugs In Art Form

Have you ever wanted to describe the feeling of "being on your level" but you’ve never been able to put it into words? The performace artist Bryan Lewis Saunders (1969-) tries to do this with compelling portraits of himself while he was under the influence of drugs. 

 Alcohol

Alcohol

 LSD

LSD

 Crystal Meth

Crystal Meth

 Opium

Opium

 Marijuana

Marijuana

 Codeine

Codeine

 DMT

DMT

 Morphine

Morphine

 Cocaine

Cocaine

 Xanax

Xanax

 Heroin

Heroin

 Shrooms

Shrooms

These portraits invoke the perceptions from the viewer that Saunders was himself experiencing. Some good, others not so much...

People have had many interesting thoughts about drugs and their uses.

Self-proclaimed druggie, philosopher and writer Aldous Huxley muses that “Most men and women lead lives at worst so painful, at best so monotonous, poor and limited that the urge to escape, the longing to transcend themselves if only for a few moments, is and has always been one of the principal appetites of the soul.”

People are always looking for an escape from their lives and drugs open a portal for this to happen. The problem tends to occur when being “high” becomes better than real life and addiction/chaos ensues.

Drug use and its abuse is something that plagues many societies around the world and cannot be said to be more prominent in some countries more than others. Perhaps there should be a centralised agency that looks to administer. monitor and ensure the safe use of banned substances.

There seems to be a double standard with regards to this issues as substances like alcohol and nicotine are perfectly fine but start speaking about marijuana or LSD and all of a sudden you're a danger to society? 

They should all be completely outlawed or people should be given free reign to use as they choose, even if that means they make the conscious decision to ruin their lives.

The philosopher Alain De Botton proposes the idea that drugs should be used in a way that alters moods in any positive way compatible with fulfilling one's highest ambitions. This idea serves to broaden our view of drugs in the way that sees ANYTHING (and everything) that serves this purpose as a drug. There are many creatives and professionals, however, who claim that drugs help them do their work more efficiently but this is usually to reinforce their self-serving rhetoric.

Essentially, drugs aren't as bad as people would have you believe but, as is the case with most things, moderation is key.

*If you would like to see more of his art, check out Bryan Saunder's website here.