Dementia 2 – Confusion


A new exhibition at the House of Smalls called ‘Between the Lines’ prompted me to create a new piece of work called ‘Dementia 2 – Confusion ’ for the Dollhouse gallery

‘Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.’ ~ Dylan Thomas. ‘Between The Lines’, an exhibition relating to ageing and all that comes with it.

House of Smalls
Exhibition artists
Exhibition artists

The exhibition takes place at The House of Smalls, Cambrook Court, High Street, Chipping Campden, Glos GL55 6AT from 3rd February – 2nd March 2024.

About the artwork: Dementia 2 – Confusion

For years I was unsure what ‘living with dementia’ actually meant, then in early 2023 the meaning became very clear. A family member started displaying signs of confusion. On reflection, we realised that there’d been subtle symptoms of Dementia there for some time – the kind of symptoms that aren’t really noticeable when you see someone day to day – until you start to question it.

Dementia is devastating. It’s a rollercoaster of physical exhaustion, and emotional and mental anguish for both patient and carers.

This piece is part of a series about an experience of Dementia and in particular Vascular Dementia.

Dementia 2 – Confusion

“Nothing feels the same…. I don’t know what’s going on” Mary S. 2023.

In the earlier stages, memory loss and confusion may be mild. The person with vascular dementia may be aware of — and frustrated by — the changes taking place, such as difficulty recalling recent events, making decisions or processing what was said by others. In the later stages, memory loss becomes far more severe. – Alzheimer’s Association.

Being forgetful, absentminded, or not quite remembering are often put down to old age or even menopause – but when does it become noticeable that there is something more going on?

Size 11.5 x 11.5cm. Hand embroidered cotton cloth, vintage Sylko thread.

Vascular dementia is the second most common type of dementia. – Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Dementia 2 - Confusion
Dementia 2 – Confusion

This is one of a series of small artworks that I’ve created that fit in perfectly with the scale of the Dollhouse exhibition.

Update: ‘Between the Lines’ dollhouse exhibition

Crone

A new exhibition at the House of Smalls called ‘We Are The Witches’ prompted me to create a new piece of work called ‘Crone’ for the Dollhouse gallery. 

“Being a witch means living in this world consciously, powerfully, and unapologetically.” ~ Gabriela Herstik.

The exhibition takes place at The House of Smalls, Cambrook Court, High Street, Chipping Campden, Glos GL55 6AT from 11th November – 16th December 2023.

About ‘Chrone’

“The witches in fairy stories are almost invariably old women, like the crone—withered and malevolent. Old women no longer have to contend with the vagaries of the desiring gaze, and without an inherent eroticism a woman is a creature even less knowable than before. Being a witch promises us a lodestone: a legacy, a lineage of women, weird and wise, who came before us. And it promises a compass with which to navigate the unknowable territory of growing older.”  Sam George-Allen.

Chrone
Chrone

As a woman in my 50’s I’ve never really thought of myself as old.  This year however, something happened that made me think differently.

I was sitting alone in a train station, minding my own business, and avoiding engaging in conversation with two young men. One moved in close, called me a ‘Cranky Old Woman’ and both walked away. I felt uncomfortable and I know it was meant as an insult, but it really made me think. 

As women we go through years of unwanted attention from men to suddenly becoming invisible to them – but when do we cross this invisible line in time? – and at what point in our lives are we perceived by society as old, crones or witches?

Size 11.5 x 11.5cm. Hand embroidered cotton cloth, vintage Sylko thread.

Update: ‘We are the Witches’ Exhibition

Chrome
Chrome
We are the Witches Dollhouse Exhibition
We are the Witches Dollhouse Exhibition

I’m enjoying making small artworks that fit in perfectly with the scale of the Dollhouse exhibition.

Millstone Grit

A new exhibition at the House of Smalls prompted me to create a new piece of work called Millstone Grit for the Dollhouse gallery.

The exhibition takes place at The House of Smalls, Cambrook Court, High Street, Chipping Campden, Glos GL55 6AT from 26th August – 16th September 2023.

With an exhibition titled ‘In Memory Of’ I designed an artwork in memory of my Dad.

Millstone Grit
Millstone Grit

About ‘Millstone Grit’ :

“Stoic, solid, immovable …. millstone grit is as perfect a symbol for the North of England – the old North – as one can imagine.” Ben Myers.

A hill farmer’s son, father to six kids and a veteran of the Korean War.  A quiet man of few words – My Dad.

Size 11.5 x 11.5 cm. Hand embroidered textile art. Vintage Sylko cotton thread, cotton cloth.

Hand embroidered
Hand embroidered

“A show for artworks made in remembrance of someone lost/left.” House of Smalls.

List of Artists taking part in the exhibition
Artists taking part in the exhibition.

I’m enjoying making small artworks that fit in perfectly with the scale of the Dollhouse exhibition.

Update – Images from the ‘In Memory Of’ dollhouse exhibition