Some Say Drugs Enhance Creating Art, Who Knew Drugs Could Be Art

Some Say Drugs Enhance Creating Art, Who Knew Drugs Could Be Art

An affluence of artists across the globe have used illicit substances to create or aid in creating their particular form of art. Did you ever imagine the drugs themselves could be art? That’s exactly what Sarah Schönfeld managed to do.


Sarah is a German artist who received her MA of Visual Arts, University of the Arts Berlin, Lothar Baumgarten. She applied a liquid spot of each drug to a piece of already exposed film. Each drug manipulated the film coating in a unique manner. Sarah then analog enlarged each one to make the prints up to 63 x 78 inches. The project is named "All You Can Feel" and the images can be found in her book featuring the same title. 



These images of meth, heroin, cocaine, and others substances find an enchanting crossing of pharmacology, photography, and drug usage. From the intricate crystalline structures to the isolated cold spheres, It's hard to image such a beautiful image was created from substances that have harmed so many. 


Since the 1950s, we in the western world have increasingly come to understand our most intimate desires and experiences, as the products of a so-called “chemical self”. We are able to explain moods, angers, and diseases both physiological and psychological through an imbalance of substances in the body. All of this, of course, takes place against the backdrop of a constantly shifting legal and political climate regarding the regulation of different types of mood altering substances.

Crystal Meth


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Sam Merkel's picture

Gonna go ahead and second the brilliant comment. Not only are these photos amazing, but the whole legal situation surrounding them makes it even more intriguing.

Kyle Ford's picture

I agree! It must have been quite the experience trying to get a sample of each of these.

Dan Ostergren's picture

Ketamine looks like the Emerald City. How ironic...