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     Jim Bloom was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1968.

  After graduating High School and a year and a half of college Jim left to “become a writer” and instead ended up working a series of odd jobs, he often used drugs to ”expand his mind” to “write better” and on more than one occasion expanded his mind enough to lose it. By 1993 he had been in and out of rehab, shelters and halfway house routinely and had grown accustomed to living on the streets often resorting to prostitution to survive.  Habitually homeless he began to draw so he would not appear vagrant. After a serious combination of psychiatric drugs and street drugs in 1994 Jim was forcibly hospitalized and force fed powerful neuroleptics for months on end. After this, he said he was never the same.  In the summer of 2000 Jim was involved in a car accident that left him with a debilitating back injury.  In 2002 he was diagnosed with Dystonia, a neurological disorder that effects  movement and balance. After learning of his illness he began to use his creativity to channel his anger and disappointment to create art.  Due to his illness, Jim can only work in short spurts. Jim works on virtually any flat low cost surface with acrylic house paint, or found materials that interest him. He builds up texture and surface with cut paper and cardboard.

     Robert Bullock Project Home / Coalition Ingenue, March 2oo5.

    

 

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