EyeGaze Art by Sarah Ezekiel

It’s a rare person who has artistic talent, but much rarer, is a person who can create beautiful art with only her eyes. London’s Sarah Ezekiel is one of the world’s few EyeGaze artists and her work has inspired others to paint using EyeGaze or to find ways to create their own unique art.

Sarah has shown the world that no matter what horrific curve balls life may throw us, with courage, grace, and determination, we can still hit those curve balls out of the ballpark.Sarah’s life changed dramatically in 2000 when she was diagnosed with MND (Motor Neuron Disease), as it’s called in Europe.

This disease is known as ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) in the US, or perhaps, even more commonly, Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that causes muscle loss, and ultimately, the inability to move or speak.

 

 

" It’s a rare person who has artistic talent, but much rarer, is a person who can create beautiful art with only her eyes. "

 

However, thanks to EyeGaze technology, communication, and in Sarah’s case, creating art, is possible by using her eyes.

Sarah has beaten the odds by surviving this disease for over 16 years, when the average life expectancy after diagnosis is 2 to 5 years. Not only has Sarah survived, she’s thrived.

 

 

An active volunteer and speaker, Sarah has been named the London Jewish News Community Hero 2010 and The Third Sector Volunteer of the Year 2016. She’s the Secretary of the NW London branch of the MNDA and on the Board of Movement for Hope.

Sarah began painting using the Tobii PCEye in 2012. Both communication and creativity are vital to one’s emotional well-being. Thanks to EyeGaze technology and her own persistence, Ezekiel Art is now available to the public.

 

"Always follow your heart and never lose hope." - sarah

Knowing that someone who has suffered so greatly has still found the strength to innovate and continue to bring beauty and kindness to the world inspires us all to strive to be better people.
I asked Sarah if she could give one piece of advice either to others who have MND/ALS or to her younger self, what would it be and here’s how she answered:

" Always follow your heart and never lose hope. "

Gallery of artwork created by Sarah