Light and Shade
The Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin
Opening Reception Monday 20th March 2017, 7:30pm
ARTzheimer’s is a international social enterprise based in Ireland and is fast becoming a fresh and innovative voice in the crowd for Alzheimer’s related issues by using the medium of art and human stories to connect people.
'Touch' Commissioned by ARTzheimer's, oil on canvas, framed.
What this piece of art is about to me.
Our identity is what makes us who we are and helps shapes the decisions we make as humans. What does it mean for us to have ownership over our own identity taken away? What is left to hold onto as memories of ourselves and those dear to us begin to fade?
This work centres on the power of touch. Through my observations and meeting with patients, family members and staff, I've been struck by the power of touch and the role it plays in the world of those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease.
As links to the past begin to fade, and communication and knowledge of one’s own self seems to slide, such gestures as a simple embrace can seem like a lasting connection between patients of this disease and their loved ones.
Though the meaning of the gesture perhaps holding different meanings for both patients and loved ones, the power of touch still may appear to provoke a loving reaction - if only for a moment.
My personal experience with Alzheimer's before The ARTzheimer's project. Why I wanted to be involved.
The years before my grandmother passed away I witnessed a glimpse of what dementia was. It was difficult to watch as this incredible person in my life slowly became helpless and frustrated as her body and mind seemed to leave her. My family pulled together and did their best to care for her and keep her at home. However, it takes a toll to see this happen to a loved one, knowing that it will only progress until the person she was is gone.
When I came across ARTzheimer’s and their mission, I knew it was important to apply. To me, the most important role an artist can take is one providing a platform to open conversations about our current affairs and values as a society and start questioning the now rather than the what if. Bringing any issues out in the open encourages the ability for change to start taking place.