Student Artist based on the East Coast of Scotland currently studying in her last year of Fine Art + Media at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. Her latest exhibit is the Dundee University Duncan of Jordanstone’s Degree show, showing large scale laser etchings based on her experiences with dementia sufferers.
“I Used To Be Like You A Long Time Ago” Mrs I, Dementia Sufferer 2016
My work explores different aspects of the human condition – I aim to take these intangible concepts and transform them into accessible images through photographic manipulation and modern techniques. After running art workshops for adults with dementia I realised that as a society we have a habit of closing our eyes and ears to the reality of those living with the disease. I aim to challenge the way we perceive the people who live with it, aspiring to inject humanity back into the clinical outline of dementia – to see past the disease itself. Using pressed flowers from the Dundee University Herbarium Collection I have created laser etchings inspired by Dr Alosyius Alzheimer’s initial illustrations of tangles in the brain, the main cause of dementia. I drew parallels between these collections and the disease, both trapped in a moment in time. Altered yet still beautiful. The glitches and tangles in the brain are only part of who these people are. The soul, personality and presence are still there, ever changing and shimmering before us. Disordered, yet still tangible.