December 13, 2019

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Lieke Corpelijn

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Panteha Abareshi, Talented and Chronically Ill

Panteha Abareshi, also known as ‘The Girl Who Loves Roses’ is a 17 year old American teen with a disease called Sickle Cell Beta Zero Thalassemia, a genetic disease that causes her chronic pain that increases with age. she visited hospitals a lot ever since she was a child. In …

Panteha Abareshi, also known as ‘The Girl Who Loves Roses’ is a 17 year old American teen with a disease called Sickle Cell Beta Zero Thalassemia, a genetic disease that causes her chronic pain that increases with age. she visited hospitals a lot ever since she was a child. In 2014 her disease became a lot worse which led her to be hospitalized for longer periods of time. But Panteha turned hospital visits into art school. She filled her paper with women, female empowerment and roses. Roses are her metaphor for beauty and pain combined. 

When Panteha was younger, she wanted to do something with medicine. Neuroscience was one of it. She was interested in the brain, mainly because she grew up in hospitals and it also seemed like the only logical option. But in the meantime she discovered illustrating and art which made her realize that Neuroscience is not the job for her.

All of her work is very personal and some are also very graphic. But that’s because she puts all of her emotions, which she is unable to express, verbally into her work. Her art is very much a visual representation of her struggles with her illness and her depression, as well as a way of conveying her thoughts and emotions surrounding love, romance and sexuality. 

©All images Copyright Panteha Abareshi.