Artist Statement: The use of blood from a so-called "mentally ill" person, mis-diagnosed with schizophrenia, fits a significant theme in Lady Gaga's work: to rectify those with disabilities. Jarrad Dickson has painted Lady Gaga in his own blood, in an effort to reclaim what is his. This painting was created in mid-2010.
Artist Bio: Jarrad Dickson received his BA in Latin at the University of Auckland. He is the author of Rose Blood: Chapter of Rose Croix (Chipmunkapublishing, 2010-one of three books being literary endearments to a suicide), The Chamber of Diseases (Dark Harvest Occult Publishers, 2011-forthcoming) about psychiatric corrosion of the ego leading to selflessnes of the mentally ill. He also has written a work named Mystical Metaphors: Psychotic Pathways to the Source on what Deikman labeled mystical psychosis with Dan L. Edmunds, a psychotherapist from PA. He is an aspiring author, artist, and occultist. He has his own Lady Gaga academic project forthcoming, on the occult references in her work. He was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia, and has been incarcerated for over one year in psychiatric hospitals altogether since the age of 20, now 24, and was chemically lobotomised by the typical antipsychotic Haloperidol. He is writing his first commercial novel, Stop, the Ambulance with a ex-Scottish Rite Freemason of 32degree being its symbologist about the cabbalistic "crossing of the abyss" in a horror setting. He has visions, and induced them into books to form a new term of his "literary psychosis." He lives in New Zealand.