Two artists whose work portrays elderly people and the impact of ageing. Through carefully embroidered drawings and black & white photographs, they capture the beauty, fragility, experience and fears of people in care homes – a subject often neglected in contemporary art. Until October 3. 18 Donegal Street, Belfast BT1 2GP. Tel: 028 9023 5912.
Age Awareness Week
‘Way home’. – Lyndsey McDougall, Joan Alexander, portraits. 30 September – 3 October
Part of Age Awareness Week 2009
This project brings together two artists, whose work portraits elderly people and the impact of ageing. Through carefully embroidered drawings and as black and white photographs, they capture the beauty, fragility, experience and fears of people in care homes, a subject, often neglected in contemporary art.
For more information on Age Awareness Week see: http://www.ageawarenessweek.com/
Opening hours: Wed – Sat 12am -6pm, Thurs till 9pm.
Joan Alexander: The importance of being at home
“Edna was a 79 year old lady I got to know shortly before she was admitted to hospital.
She went from her house with garden, garage, dog, family albums and favorite cup to hospital and then into a residential care home.
Joan Alexander: installation view
She has never moved back ‘home’.
The move was very abrupt. It seemed strange and artificial that it happened so smoothly. There was no time to pack belongings or think about a new ‘home’. The house has been quiet since the day she left it.
The effect this had on her life and sense of self struck me as being important in looking at who we are.
These portraits consider ‘home’ as keeper of physical and emotional elements of self. They are of people in a stage of life where significant changes occur yet we often neglect to think about. Maybe because it seems far way or that we will never reach it in the same state of mind we are in today.
Each portrait is made up of a medium format head and shoulders print, photographs of chosen elements of home space and extracts from conversation about their ‘home’. The work considers moving, memory, attachment, change through choice and circumstance, the residue of home on their sense of self”.