Penny Wood

Working in ceramics, creating tiles using under glazes and ceramic transfers, exploring the effects of Alzheimer’s / Dementia. The aim of the project is to increase awareness of the disease to a wider audience, which is an important issue, as more people are being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s / Dementia each passing year.

The illustration and composition aim to show how the disease affects the memories of sufferers. Colour is vital and prominent within the work as each colour has meaning and emphasizes feelings, also sufferers with the disease engage with vivid colours.

Choosing not to illustrate the heads in the designs shows that the disease is about the brain and memory, representing these parts of the person almost disappearing and that anybody can develop the disease.

“Those with dementia are still people and they still have stories and they still have character and they are all individuals and they are all unique. And they just need to be interacted with on a human level.”            – Carey Mulligan

With special thanks to: Andy Harris, Carly Stafford, Jude Wensley, Staff and Residence at Brooklands Residential Home and Chesterfield Royal Hospital