“The Writing is on the Wall”

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“The Writing is on the Wall” – acrylic, ink on paper. 50cm. x 70cm.

In this chaotic painting my prime intent was to include text, I am not sure why. Maybe it is out of concern about my worsening handwriting, or more likely because I am now able to include text with a certain authority. Words that mattered little to me a year ago have now assumed gravitas, they form part of the Parkinson’s story, which is now also my story, and so they belong.

Words, like dopamine, bradykinesia and leva-dopa, can be spelt out amongst the more established symbols, taking their place in a personal abstract vacabulary that forms the image. Without enough Dopamine, brain cells that control movement die, the ability to control movement is drastically reduced, – “welcome to Parkinson’s disease, Davie”.

Text was spontaneously scrawled across  the surface with twigs dipped in various inks, I thought these final words to be a fitting title.  For no matter what – Parkinson’s is a degenerative condition, “the writing is on the wall”, and inevitably, there can be only one victor.

Cheers Dave.

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Author: David Carroll - Visual Artist

Born in 1947 in North Wales, David migrated to Australia in 1970 with his wife and children. He graduated from Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW. with a Bachelors Degree of Visual Art (Honours). Davids artwork is inspired by memory; but rather than depict specific events, he reflects emotional situations, infused by present moments of recollection. In 2017 David was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, which has profoundly effected his artwork. He uses colour, form and symbolic motifs, to create a personal visual story.

2 thoughts on ““The Writing is on the Wall””

  1. I think in this painting the chaos has been contained and defined, In the linear structure, and yet it is showing itself. I think the colors are wonderful and the print looks good as an element as well as for what it means.

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