Tribute to Tessa

These prints were the conclusion of my final project for the HNC in Fine Art/Printmaking, undertaken at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth in 2005. They are ideally meant to be seen as a whole.

My aunt – who was an artist and musician - had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, although the signs of confusion had been there for some time. She had always been a very colourful person, both in her artwork and in her choice of clothing and the objects that surrounded her. However, over the previous two or three years, I had observed her descending from colour and clarity into greyness and confusion.

The aim of the project was to explore ways of representing the effects of Alzheimer’s upon my aunt.  Shortly before the end of the project, however, she caught pneumonia and died much sooner than we had anticipated.

My aunt played an important role in my own development as an artist.  She worked primarily with paint/mixed media but one of her screen prints started me on the path to becoming a printmaker. This is my tribute to Tessa.