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I saw in the news that Tracey Emin's "My Bed" installation has returned to Tate Britain after 15 years. Worry ye not, this isn't going to be a rant about installation art or bright young things, as my taste in art is decidedly modern and I have huge admiration for the BYTs of the british artworld.
The same day, an artist friend recommended a small display of work at London's City Hall. As its tenure was about to end, I hurridly took a day off to visit with a fellow art-lover. The body of work is called the "Dementia Darnings" and they've been produced by conceptual artist Jenni Dutton. There are 14 pieces in total and they depict Jenni's mother from her time as a young woman, but with particular focus on her decent into dementia. These breathtaking works are filled with love. The gentle, though accurate, depictions of old age and dementia will resonate with anyone losing a loved one in this manner. Working only with wool onto a net base, Jenni demonstrates great emotion in her work. We witness the change in her mother from a happy and confident older woman to someone who is becoming confused, althhough not yet distressed by it. The work progresses - as does dementia itself - via confusion and distress until all that remains is the blankness - and the knowledge that Jenni still has rare glimpses of her much-loved mother.
Of course, there is no way to compare the two, either in terms of quality of work or their value as "art". I find both artists to be tremendously elequent, saying a huge amount through the medium of their work. The only difference I can see is how much value is placed by us - and by the experts - on the work itself.
How do you feel about art - bored or buoyed up?
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