I have this old medical book and I wanted to do an childhood memory illustration based of the header chapters. The header I chose was Palate. I wanted to illustrate my cleft palate. I did a self portrait before all the surgeries that involved my cleft lip and palate. This is the depiction of how far I have over come many obstacles and trying to maintain an optimistic perspective. This illustration captures the worn out of being considered ‘broken’ and how I needed to be “fixed”. This illustration is not to pity my disfigure features but to glorify them because it has made me who I am today.