|"I don't know you"|
Graphite pencil drawing by Jez
This was my first close encounter with Altzheimers, and I was very affected by it. Annie (not her name, but I shall call her that) and I were next door neighbours for a few years, and though we had very little money we would find ways to have little trips and adventures with our babies and have fun. The disease wipes out the past so cruelly, all the memories, all recognition of friends and family, and all ability to connect with others.
|My vision of the encroaching effects of the disease|
I've tried to symbolise the way it progresses - a few plant tendrils grow across the image of the person, then a few leaves, and then the foliage starts to cover the face, and eventually the person inside the well-known body is covered with so many leaves that the person we knew is not really there at all.
I hope I will be forgiven for including these two drawings that were made a few months ago, but I'm a bit stuck for time this week, with two separate days in hospital for cancer check-up procedures and then a day at least to recover.
Then back to normal tomorrow with the silly, cheerful faces I've managed to create in advance and pre-scheduled for the challenge.