Lost memory, lost identity, lost hopes, lost dreams.
A chaotic interconnected layering of information and codes that are partly erased and partly jumbled together are the results of the progressive brain disorder known as Alzheimer’s disease.
Worldwide, 46.8 million people are believed to be living with Alzheimer’s disease and every 3.2 seconds, a new case occurs somewhere in the world.
Culture, environment, upbringing, education, life experiences, social and economic events, genetics and past lives. Whatever we believe makes us unique as individuals, is contained deep within our psyche.
The mind is the vessel containing countless details and combinations that are configured making us who we are. Our identity takes the form of memories, aspirations, dreams, beliefs, desires, emotions and personality; this coded information is contained, stored, and cataloged. It could be said to be, the spirit of man; man’s identity.
The erosive, destructive, identity thief that is Alzheimer’s disease, causes progressive damage to brain cells, resulting in the destruction and death of nerve cells. Over time it develops into memory failure, personality changes, problems carrying out daily activities and many other terminal symptoms.
The subsequent 4 portraits selected from a larger body of work is a visual response to the disease.
ANDREAS TOMBLIN’s work explores visual perception and unorthodox approaches to image making. A noted visual artist, painter and assistant professor at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus, his art has received international exposure in many international biennales, juried and invited exhibitions and in public and private collections worldwide, including the UK, the USA, Cyprus, Japan, China, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Finland, Romania, Lebanon, Italy, Albania and Egypt. Tomblin, who is of English and Greek-Cypriot descent, was born in England and now lives in Nicosia, Cyprus. You can find him on Instagram @tomblinarts and on Facebook @tomblinart. He tweets @AndreasTomblin.