These paitings are something that keeps me intrigued. Something so dishearting; yet, so beautiful. Pragmatic while abstract. Appealing, however, shocking.
That is how I would describe the paintings from William Utermohlen. The painter who lived with dementia created a series of self-portraits over a 5-year period. He documented his gradual decay of his mind. Well how some people would call it.
Eventhough I should be writing (as always), I was again drawn to these paintings. How art and dementia can come together, sadly or positively. Yes, there is such a subject of arts, science and people living with dementia all combined together. While my media literacy approach may be seen as ‘artsy’ compared to clinical trials. There is so much more to discover or gain when it comes to art and dementia. Not only media but also in terms of solutions or empowering practices.
But that is another story for another time!