Fading Memories; Emerging Spirit (2011-2012)

Small Canvas Memories Series:

“Fading Memories; Emerging Spirit”, a series of ballpoint pen drawings that explores the contrasting realities of Alzheimer’s Disease. Colleen shows that while memory deteriorates, the human spirit emerges, unfettered by social constraints.

This subject is intimately personal to the artist, having lost two grandparents, one great-grandmother, and others to Alzheimer’s. Informed by these experiences, Colleen builds up masses of ballpoint pen circles to create patterns of obfuscating shadows and defining lights that confuse and clarify the subject. In time, almost unnoticeably, these lines will slowly bleed together, blurring the distinctions of light and dark just as Alzheimer’s blurs the distinctions of reality.

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