Blue Through To Purple Triptych.2004 - 2014
the story behind the piece. When Mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer's 10 years ago and it was one hell of a shock to the system. And now my Dad, is in very early stages of Dementia, I feel, well I feel awful. Why because I know how this awful disease will play out.. You don't loose the person you have loved all your life, but you loose the person, as their personality changes as it gets hold.. And is absolutely nothing you can do about. This why this piece has taken so long, it started its life out ten years ago with the first version of Blue Roses. It took that time to get the mix right between the Blue & Purple piece's.. All the colours represent the emotions you feel. (Angst, Anguish, Annoyance, Anxiety, Apathy, Contempt, Contentment, Courage, Despair, Dread, Fear, Frustration, Grief, Guilt, Horror, Hostility, Hurt, Joy, Loathing, Loneliness, Love, Panic, Regret, Remorse, Sadness, Shock, Sorrow & Suffering). The pain will be the same as when my Mum was finally diagnosed My emotions imploded. To see your Mum change character each day was heart-breaking.. Then Mum would sleep, and sleep.. The Doctors didn't help at first they put the symptoms down to depression, and gave her the wrong medication. Then there where the mood swings.. For me it was like going on the worlds largest roller-coaster, with no safety bar. It was around this time that the idea came to me for Blue Roses.. But as Mum's condition worsened and I could see that death would be calling soon, my idea for Blue Roses expanded to the Triptych Blue Roses for a Blue Day through to Purple Roses for a Purple Day. The thing about Alzheimer's is that it doesn't just rob you of your Mum or Dad once, but twice at death. I wanted this Triptych. To show my emotions from diagnosis to death.. (Thanks Mum, for everything, God I miss you)..
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