My name is Jade Warner and I’m an artist with disability.
I use photography to illustrate the ‘invisible illness’, which is a term I use to describe the unseen of disability—specifically my chronic illness to which I jocularly refer to my disability and the circumstances surrounding it as an ‘unwilling winner [recipient]’ of an ‘unlikely lottery’. Statistically, it’s uncommon for Asians to have multiple sclerosis. MS is most common among middle-aged individuals of Northern European dissent. So, as a Chinese individual who was diagnosed with MS at fourteen, I felt as though I was being hit by one statistic bummer after another. Because living life with MS has become a metaphorical backdrop for me, it influences how I physically and mentally participate in the world. My disability has been invisible to the outside world and photography is a means to visualize and communicate aspects of MS that cannot be seen.