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An Unending Shadow: Art intersects with health in a powerful new exhibition from Ann Cape and Sophie Cape.

BY green tea | 23-Sep-2015
Acclaimed Australian artists Ann Cape and Sophie Cape explore the phenomena of dementia and its impact within the community in a challenging exhibition for Sydney's Mosman Art Gallery this Spring.
Venue: Mosman Art Gallery
Address: cnr Art Gallery Way & Myahgah Road, Mosman NSW, 2088, Australia
Date: 10 September to 29 November 2015
Time: 10:00am-5:00pm
Ticket: free
Web: www.mosmanartgallery.org.au
EMail: gallery@mosman.nsw.gov.ay
Call: 61 02 9978 4178
Sophie Cape & Ann Cape. Studio 2015. Pic: Tim Connolly.
Raising the area of dementia is a story close to Sydney based artists Ann and Sophie Cape. For the past decade they have lived under its shadow, as a close family member suffers from frontotemporal dementia, one of the most challenging disorders of the condition. The impact of dealing with this on a day to day basis and to their artistic practice lead to an invitation from Mosman Art Gallery to explore the theme further through an exhibition to coincide with National Dementia Awareness Month.

Collaborating together for the first time, Ann and Sophie's unique intergenerational response aims to raise awareness of and help reduce the social stigma of conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It examines the emotional and psychological ‘spaces’ that people with dementia inhabit, as well as those of their family, friends and loved ones.

Ann Cape, one of Australia's foremost portrait artists, took a more direct and subtle response - drawing and painting dementia sufferers and their careers. Ann spent many hours study their relationships in care homes that allowed the artist to become equal with her subjects. The resulting sensitive works offer a sense of identity and dignity to all concerned.

Sophie Cape, internationally recognised for her large-scale abstract expressionist works, painted a darker side to the condition. The mental wounds of watching a much loved one fade slowly before her - the memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning - evoked a raw but defiant artistic response.

Both artists quietly admit the impact of this exhibition has been difficult. Opening up to share their private experiences and facing personal emotions on many levels. Ann and Sophie Cape ask that we don’t shy away from this sensitive topic but openly engage with this important health issue. Through their work, Sophie Cape and Ann Cape are encouraging a dialogue about dementia’s broader impacts within society. Catalogue available.

On Tuesday 20 October 10:30am - 12noon a Special Event 'in Conversation' with both artists will be hosted by media personality Richard Morecroft. Bookings & costs apply.