‘Cloth, more than any other human-made goods, abolishes apparent dividing lines between art and life, both past and present’.(Constantine & Reuter, 1997).
Through direct engagement with textile and photographic processes, this series explores the growing incidence and public awareness of the many forms of dementia but particularly Alzheimer and Vascular dementia.
This wearing or abrading of memory is explored through an interdisciplinary approach that references analogue family photographs explored through the medium of textile substrates. Connect, disconnect, utter blankness, disorientation, disintegration, confusion, clarity, tangles, shadows, shrinking, tissues beginning to wear away, scattered and lost, bleached out, sparse, erased, emptiness, blank space, lost form, drooping and unraveling, sense of space and form is fading, repeating, becoming further and further apart, fragile, fading out and fading in - these words and phrases, sourced from novels and personal accounts that explore the experiences of dementia provide a vocabulary of conceptual, visual and tactile references for the development of the series. There is a commonality of varying degrees of disappearance or transformation – from the ‘gaps’ that appear in recall: the creased, faded, well-handled materiality of the analogue family photographs and the physicality of the unraveling threads and thinning constructions of the deconstructed textile substrates. The series presents the potential of ‘fabric’ as a metaphor for exploring significant, personal social concerns.
Futurescan 4: Valuing Practice Exhibit
University of Bolton
23-24 January 2019
Photographs by Tony Radcliffe and Di Downs.