Thursday, 20 January 2022

I to eye

Until you have eyesight issues it is possibly impossible to understand just how we rely on clear vision.

Hospital today to begin a course of treatment to try to improve the sight in my left eye after a central optical vein occlusion (blood clot). Today I have an injection into my eye.  Sounds like fun. 

Next week I have the prelims for radiotherapy for prostate cancer.  Getting old can be a challenge!

Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Sunday, 5 December 2021

Eyes right?

I have been dabbling with image making experiments, once again expressing my reactions to medical issues around declining faculties experienced during the ageing process. This time I am endeavouring to express some subtle and not so subtle changes in visual acuity that have come about by an eye stroke or technically termed a Central Retinal Vein Occlusion.

Apparently this causes a haemorrhaging of blood into the back of the eye that affects the retina and a loss of vision. So at the moment my sight in my left eye varies from 90% to 10% loss with blurring.

The images shown below are an attempt to describe those losses which may or may not become permanent at any of these stages or complete loss as a worst case scenario. Hopefully it will remain as a single eye phenomenon.

My inspiration for this new series is prompted by the work of Italian artist Robert Bosisio. I am using photographic methods to achieve a similar effect but for different expressive outcomes. I am using the new Shiftcam system of lenses for the iPhone for this creative exercise.

The images below are re-purposed or re-photographed images from my originals or from screen shots from computer monitors or TV screens. I am finding new ways to edit or manipulate etc., as I go along this journey.

Sometimes, I have a central white area with a gold halo and parts of the image showing.

At other times, I have just blurry images or images that are interrupted by a greyed out mesh with segments of the image passing through; I am yet to explore this as a visual representation.

Thursday, 25 November 2021

World of Woodturners Swap

Pleased to have a swap piece from Canadian turner Herman de Vries.  Small, wormy apple, hollow form. Fits nicely into my appreciation of wabi sabi. This is the third time I have participated in the swap.

My return swap was a part turned, part CNC bowl form finished with patinated, iron reactive paint,

I enjoy the swap process where the surprise factor combined with an exchange of work with turners from outside the UK provides the opportunity to see and feel items that, ordinarily, I would not have access to.

Herman founded WOW and his website can be found here:

Monday, 1 November 2021

New piece

Part turned, part CNC. Metal reactive paints, patinated. 80mm dia.

Saturday, 9 October 2021

Updated Website

Just finished updating my website. New look, new content and some old stuff presented differently. Same link

Thursday, 19 August 2021

Vivid Dreams

 Parkinson's Art UK are currently having an exhibition at OXO Gallery in London. 

There is a virtual Gallery gallery accessible via the link below:

I was happy to be invited to participate and below is my piece in the exhibition. It is one in a series of images I have been working on that investigate my emotional responses to my diagnosis and help me come to terms with a new reality.

Further examples can be found here: