“Damn” Parkinson’s.

Whilst trying to maintain an image free of any direct reference to Parkinson’s, I find it imppossible to disregard symbols, motifs and colours I have used in my painting process while living with the disease, nor would I really want to. Parkinson’s is now part of my DNA, (a fact I cannot escape). Therfore I must be mindful of this, accept it and work with it.

My painting, titled Grey Matter, is an attempt to follow through with this approach. It is a representational work in a continuing project that I seem bound to. A process that involves visualisng thoughts or memories as they come to mind, then layering them. Each one accepted without question, with no vision of a final image in my mind. Grey Matter is a painting concerned with memory and thoughts about ones inner self.

David Carroll. Grey Matter (2021) Acrylic on paper 50cm. x 70cm.

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 recent times, after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, his work has taken a new and positive direction. His 'Elemental Representions" use colour, form and symbolic motifs, to create a personal visual story line.

2 thoughts on ““Damn” Parkinson’s.”

  1. I looked at this for a long time. Your explanation taken in conjunction with the image caused me to reflect once more on “appendages” as I think of them that I have picked up or evolved with in the past 5-7 years. Time passes and the layers accumulate, like sedimentary rock. I feel in your image that I am looking down into the layers with X-ray vision. Very meaningful to me, what you have shown here. Thank you.

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