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Making Sense of Alzheimer’s is a creative space for people to understand the past, present and future of Alzheimer’s disease. It is an evolving forum, a gallery of ideas, a museum without walls.

Alzheimer’s is more than a disease of the brain; it’s a disease of the mind. The Art of the Mind page is an opportunity for artists to address this idea by sharing their individual reflections on what the mind is.

Click on the images below to meet the artists, see their designs and and read their thoughts on what the mind means to them.

Do you have a suggestion for an artist whose work reflects a unique vision of the mind?  Are you an artist who would like to share your work with us? Please email us at info@makingsenseofAD.org.

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AOTM Sample“The Lonely Girls”

Constance McBride noticed that her mother’s peers in assisted living were women who little family and growing memory loss. These peers inspired a series of seven sculptures.

 

 

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“Journey Through Dementia”

Faye Hall’s mother left notes for the trespassers stealing her food and moving her possessions, forgetting that these were her own actions. The artist used the notes as inspiration and as a medium in a portrait of her mother.

 

 

LintLady“Lint Lady”

Artist Linda Barron found inspiration in a distracting dryer. The “Lint Lady,” as she is now known, uses dryer lint to capture the love between her parents as they battled Alzheimer’s disease.

 

 

PranayamaWeb“Illuminating Action Potential”

Greg Dunn, a neuroscientist-turned-artist, says he is humbled by how much more complex the brain is than he could ever hope to show.

 

 

 

AGC 185 copy“Alzheimers Green Chair”

Charles M. Williams combines his art with “the possibility of the ‘long good-bye’ that is Alzheimer’s.”

 

 

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“Switchback”

Artist Alexandria Levin reflects on a cross-country train trip she took to help her mother, who has dementia,move into the final stages of her life.

 

 

 

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“Experiment 4”

Artist Ruth Blackford says, ” The first of my experiments to use a sewing machine to draw the figurative image.  The choice of lace as a surface on which to stitch was to represent holes in the brain, and gaps in the memory.  The decision to leave the ends of the threads loose and hanging tied in with the idea of things ‘coming undone ‘ and ‘unravelling’ for the Alzheimer’s sufferer.”

 

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“Proudly Fiercely Loving”

Artist Lisa Haskell concentrates
on the build up of layers and the
illusion of space to invite the viewer on a journey.

 

 

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“Type of Life”

Graphic artist Caren Goldstein
combines imagery and type in
creating a piece for Art of the Mind.