L. Kimberly Gillespie
I began making small black and white drawings that relate to systems of intrusions after my mother died of Early Onset Alzheimer’s. I witnessed her forget how to use common words, how to tie her shoes or use a phone, and eventually, how to eat. Drawing on concepts of gaps in memory as much as on memory itself, I made the series Quiet Mind. Looking to specific objects for a point of visual departure, I drew imagery that speaks to everyday architectural elements and ordinary utensils - things most of us see every day but that my mother could no longer name or figure out how to use. The installation consists of 35 5½” panels, each one invaded by tendril-like lines and cellular shapes that are reminiscent of amyloidal plaques and tangles found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.

Internal/External is a more ambiguous series of small black and white drawings. Here, environments collide: one system appears to intrude upon another, but it isn’t clear which system is the invader and which one is being attacked. Under a veneer of simultaneous chaos and order, both systems vie to survive.