Georgie Meadows: Stitched Drawings
Thursday 18 October 2012 - Sunday 11 November 2012
A display in the Wellcome Collection foyer
Georgie Meadows: Stitched drawings brings together 20
textile artworks which explore personal experiences of ageing and
dementia. Meadows, a Monmouth based artist and occupational
therapist, crafts uniquely affecting and compassionate portraits,
translating line drawings of people she knows or has cared for into
Using a domestic sewing machine to sew through two pieces of
cloth, separated by wadding, Meadows creates delicate pieces whose
tangled threads are both a metaphor for the scrambling of neural
connections during degenerative illness and a tender and tactile
form of portraiture. The works present a collision of tight-knotted
threads and loose stuffing, of softness and jagged edges. Meadows’
concern with the primacy of visual communication in the act of
caring, when logic and speech are often elusive, gives the
portraits a meditative empathy, with the confusions of illness set
beside the kindness held in the simple and reflective acts of
looking and seeing.
Short snapshot stories which accompany the artist’s works
movingly outline the daily challenges and triumphs of her sitters:
a woman finds people assume her to be grumpy since losing her
teeth; the success of a man’s day is measured by his dressing
himself; a woman is hungry but her brain will no longer tell her
how to eat. Meadows’ works are a testament to courage and
resilience in the face of a loss of control and identity.
Images of works from the display.
A short film about a community on the Welsh border where Georgie Meadows has organised a weekly tea dance to bring together a mixture of people.