Gillian Genser almost does not live to say about it. Canadian artist worked 15 years with shells to create sculptures, but all the time he realized she was poisoned, because mollusks They were contaminated with heavy metals.
The sculptor's health, now 59 years old and living in Toronto, began to deteriorate in a surprising way. Although it took nearly two decades to discover why doctors managed to discover the mystery.
The artist started working in 2000 with shells for sculpture of Adam, the first man. "The sea shells came from the Canadian Atlantic and I bought them for the most part in the Chinese section to classify them," he told a news story. Toronto life
Gillian spent up to 12 hours a day grinding and sanding the shells, perfectly fitting into the body of her work. But immediately after starting their hard work, the symptoms began to appear: headaches, vomiting and exhaustion.
"I visited an endless variety of specialists, neurologists, rheumatologists, endocrinologists, hoping to find out what happened to me, when they asked me if I was working with something toxic, I said no, I only used natural materials," he explained.
However, his health problems have intensified. Plastic artist added muscle pain and cramps to the list of symptoms. Worse He lost his hearing in his left ear and suffered a short-term loss of memory.
"I became martial and fatalist, saying that my life is over. My husband was afraid to leave the house." My friends began to take care of me. "These diseases continued, alternately, for 15 years," he said in a conversation with Daily Mail.
In 2013, the script was already frightening. Gillian could not stand up and had trouble speaking fluently. And, as if it was not enough, he suffered severe pain in the neck, stomach and hands. "Painfully aware of my deterioration in mental health, I started retired from the world"he recalls.
By 2015, blood revealed the truth of his nightmare. According to the results, had high levels of arsenic and lead, toxins that shells can accumulate due to pollution.
Doctors explained that by working with contaminated molluscs for such a long time, he slowly poisoned for more than 15 years.
Although he stopped working with these materials, he managed to do the work of Adam. "When I see the sculpture, I feel sorry for myself and for our planet, but I also feel pleasure, because it is wonderful, so I find my hope, I call it my wonderful death," he concluded.