Featured back in December 2010, Ray Caesar worked at the Art and Photography Department of The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada for 17 years where he witnessed firsthand the physical wounds inflicted on children which had a profound effect on his art. After both his mother and sister passed away from cancer within a one year span, Caesar began having vivid nightmares and hallucinations, which is why it’s no surprise that Caesar soon turned to art as a form of therapy.
“I often awake in the middle of the night and realize I have been wandering the hallways and corridors of the giant hospital. It is clear to me that this is the birthplace of all my imagery…There was an incident while I was working in the children’s hospital, in which I saw a picture of a child who was murdered. I couldn’t get that out of my head. I was really coming apart. I started drawing a lot of pictures of it, and burning the pictures. I quit the hospital maybe 3 weeks later.”
“If I couldn’t do art I am not sure I would like to contemplate what kind of human being I would be or what I would do. I honestly think I would be in a high security prison with a thick plastic wall on my cell. I think it’s best for all concerned I get to make pictures.”
“I think each of us makes a heaven or hell on this Earth, and the material we use is the stuff our lives are made of.”