""The Respirator" is a personal reflection and commentary on my friend Brendan, whose search for utopia led him to be seduced by the false paradise of heroin. This piece calls into focus the relationship between the life force and an addict's dependence, confronting the inevitable ramifications of breathing in the darkness instead of the light. This image illustrates the threat to survival when heroin consumption becomes a compulsion, when the addict lives to drug instead of breathing to live. I dedicate this piece to Brendan for his courage to walk away from the beast, find his respirator, and begin to breathe on his own again. My prayers are with you, my friend."