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This acid-smashed artist from the 1950s drew the same portrait 9 times while tripping

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It’s no secret that the effects of acid and a ton of other now-illicit drugs were studied in depth during the 50s and 60s. In fact, we’ve finally come back around to studying them now.

One particular test, conducted by University of California-Irvine psychiatrist Oscar Janiger, sat an artist down with a box of crayons and asked him to draw his experiences while tripping.

What goes through the mind of an artist tripping on acid? Better question; why aren’t we conducting these sorts of experiments anymore?

20 minutes after first dose (50ug)

Patient chooses to start drawing with charcoal. The subject of the experiment reports – “Condition normal… no effect from the drug yet”.

85 minutes after first dose and 20 after a second dose (50ug + 50ug)

The patient seems euphoric. “I can see you clearly, so clearly. This… you… it’s all… I’m having a little trouble controlling this pencil. It seems to want to keep going.”

2 hours 30 minutes after first dose

Patient appears very focused on the business of drawing. “Outlines seem normal, but very vivid – everything is changing colour. My hand must follow the bold sweep of the lines. I feel as if my consciousness is situated in the part of my body that’s now active – my hand, my elbow… my tongue”.

2 hours 32 minutes after first dose

Patient seems gripped by his pad of paper. “I’m trying another drawing. The outlines of the model are normal, but now those of my drawing are not. The outline of my hand is going weird too. It’s not a very good drawing is it? I give up – I’ll try again…”

2 hours 35 minutes after first dose

Patient follows quickly with another drawing. “I’ll do a drawing in one flourish… without stopping… one line, no break!”

Upon completing the drawing the patient starts laughing, then becomes startled by something on the floor.

2 hours 45 minutes after first dose

Patient tries to climb into activity box, and is generally agitated – responds slowly to the suggestion he might like to draw some more. He has become largely non verbal.

“I am… everything is… changed… they’re calling… your face… interwoven… who is…” Patient mumbles inaudibly to a tune. He changes medium to Tempera.

4 hours 25 minutes after first dose

Patient retreated to the bunk, spending approximately 2 hours lying, waving his hands in the air. His return to the activity box is sudden and deliberate, changing media to pen and water colour.)

“This will be the best drawing, like the first one, only better. If I’m not careful I’ll lose control of my movements, but I won’t, because I know. I know” – (this saying is then repeated many times) Patient makes the last half-a-dozen strokes of the drawing while running back and forth across the room.

5 hours 45 minutes after first dose

Patient continues to move about the room, intersecting the space in complex variations. It’s an hour and a half before he settles down to draw again – he appears over the effects of the drug.

“I can feel my knees again, I think it’s starting to wear off. This is a pretty good drawing – this pencil is mighty hard to hold” – (he is holding a crayon).

8 hours after first dose

Patient sits on bunk bed. He reports the intoxication has worn off except for the occasional distorting of our faces. We ask for a final drawing which he performs with little enthusiasm. “I have nothing to say about this last drawing, it is bad and uninteresting, I want to go home now.”

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June 14, 2017

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