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Erin Singleton

Master of Fine Art

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My MA in Fine Arts project is centred on the theme of dementia. For this project I used an experimential and research-based approach to delve into the themes of loss, fragility, and decay as experienced by those who suffer from the disease.

In order to convey my ideas, I experimented with a variety of materials until I landed on those used as part of this exhibition. Those materials include hand-embroidery on fabric and paper; embossings on paper; and castings using ceramics and plaster.

Alongside my project, I launched a dementia cafe which is ongoing and has grown since its inception to include a wellness programme. This experience provided me with an intimate platform to hear stories directly from those with the disease and those who care for them.

This project is dedicated to my mother-in-law who was the inspiration behind this body of work.

My practice is rooted in storytelling, history, and place. This project, Sailing into the Grey, situates itself at the centre of where these ideas converge. Castings, embroideries, and embossings have been used to create an installation which offers a glimpse into the life of a person struggling to maintain their grip on a crumbling reality as they succumb to the cruel clutches of dementia. Individually, the works presented in the project capture unique moments. Together they form a body of a work which confronts the viewer with universal themes they can consider through the lens of their own life events.

View of the backside of suspended embroideries

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View of suspended embroideries

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View of exhibition with jigsaw pieces in the foreground

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Detail of plaster-cast jigsaw pieces

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View of circle of ceramic-cast roots

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View of crumbling ceramic-cast roots placed in a circle on the floor

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Detail of ceramic-cast roots

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Embossing on paper with hand-stitched embroidery

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Embroidered poem

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Backside of embroidered poem

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Keywords: Embroidery, casting, embossing, installation, dementia, loss, fragility, decay, story, fine art, research


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