Artist to Auction Portraits in Celebration of Brain Injury Awareness Month

WhackedArtist Eliette Markhbein will exhibit “WHACK'ed... Portraits of Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors” at MSB Gallery in New York City March 15 through April 15. The touring exhibition is one of hundreds of events across the country celebrating Brain Injury Awareness Month in March.

Markhbein’s artwork is a series of large-scale portraits honoring traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors who changed perceptions of TBI and disability. Markhbein uses drawing, cutting and collage to illustrate the three phases of TBI: fractured, reassembled and whole.

Together with the Brain Injury Association of America and the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, Markhbein plans to auction the portraits to fund a pilot artist-in-residence program serving people with TBI in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities.

Markhbein became an artist after a traumatic brain and spine injury in a car accident in 2004. In 2006, she founded an arts in medicine program at Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Center in New York, where she was treated. The program offers patients in the spinal cord and brain injury units a nonmedical approach to recovery.

Click here for more information about the exhibit. For more information about Markhbein, visit her online portfolio.