“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 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 ““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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