This exhibition of machine stitched line drawings shows the consequences of ageing and dementia on people Georgie Meadows has encountered in her work as an occupational therapist.
The line drawings, mostly in black thread on three layers of cloth (two layers of thin calico-like material separated by a layer of wadding) are really well observed. In one image, of a carer helping their partner to stand, you can almost see the weight being transferred from the partner to the carer. In other drawings long strands of threads are left hanging which brings a freer gestural quality to the drawing and also seems to represent the tangled memories associated with dementia. The fabric of some drawings, particularly when depicting a head on a pillow, is slightly discoloured which to me represented the strains from the head left after long periods in bed.
I left the exhibition with mixed feelings. The drawings are excellent but at the same time the subject matter I found depressing – is this what is awaiting me? It also brings into focus the very current issue of our attitude to ageing as a society, resources for the care of the elderly and the role of the carer. Finally, it highlighted the question of what is drawing and the need to be all encompassing in that definition.
Venue: The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge
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