MY NEW EXHIBITION AT SUNDERLAND MUSEUM AND WINTER GARDENS – ONE DAY YOU’LL BE OLDER TOO 1ST FEBRUARY TO 6TH MAY

February 5th, 2019

To coincide with the nationwide exhibition Leonardo Da Vinci – A Life In Drawing  I was approached I was approached by Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens to make a supporting exhibition using drawing. Most of the drawings are larger than life A1 size studies and some are drawn on hand mad paper made by myself.

Washington Lives – Because One Day You’ll Be Older Too

 My initial conception came some years ago whilst reading Fannie Flagg’s novel “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle stop Café”. A simple story and not a literary classic, the novel tells the story of a woman who visits an old people’s residential home in Alabama and befriends an old lady there who shares her stories of exuberance and sadness while she was growing up and the “passing on” of these stories kept her and those people alive.

I visited three residential care homes who were all extremely welcoming and accommodating to me for which I am extremely grateful ; Washington Manor Care Home, Washington Lodge Care Home and St George’s Residential Care Home. I wanted it to be a very indigenous project and I focused specifically on the Washington area of Sunderland depicting the people who had lived in and defined the region.

I wanted to interpret the residents very much as individuals and depict them in the most intimate and sensitive way that I could. Texture of skin, bone structure, expression, mood, scars, hands, hair, eyes, clothes depicted in microscopic detail as we try to unravel that person’s identity and experience which is so ingrained within their face. The project has a sense of capturing the sitters before everything is lost and disappears with only traces of their existence left behind. Their memories, experience, stories, wisdom, opinions, thoughts and knowledge all of a sudden will vanish. The physical, the spiritual, the tangible and the intangible.

I also made a slow motion video of the residents sitting for me which explores and observes their features and physiognomy in a similar way to making drawings but also hints at their slowed down inner world of old age and dementia.

There is also another purpose to my project which is to address the way that we care for the elderly generation now and , in particular, in the future with an ever growing elderly population . It is a very real and important issue.TIFT-FLYER---SMWG-2019-DA-V PEARL VARAH GORDON HARKNESS DSC06844 DSC06849

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